Andy Carroll could have played his last game for West Ham United, after The Telegraph revealed on Monday night that he had been sent home from training by manager David Moyes.
The former Manchester United boss was acting in response to the Hammers striker’s alleged actions during the comprehensive 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
After not being included in a triple substitution by the Scot, Carroll left the West Ham bench and returned to the dressing room, with Moyes promising to ‘deal with’ the matter on Monday.
An internal investigation by the club is now expected to follow.
It is the latest in a long line of disciplinary issues that have surrounded the former England forward over recent seasons and there must now be questions as to whether he will be kept on in the summer.
Injuries have also restricted Carroll to just 130 appearances for West Ham across nearly six campaigns and those fitness problems may prove to be the main barrier to the club finding a buyer.
He scored the first of his three goals this term with a brace to seal a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in January, but was quickly struck down with an ankle fracture which kept him out until earlier this month.
Making a successful return to action, Carroll came off the Hammers bench to net a crucial equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Stoke City but has not started either of the two matches since.
Nonetheless, his prowess in the air could have been a useful weapon as West Ham look to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
They currently sit 15th in the table, just three points above the relegation zone with three games to play.
It remains to be seen whether Carroll will be named in the West Ham matchday squad for the Irons’ next fixture, a potentially tricky trip to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.