English Premiership

Bilic frustrated with persistent Carroll injuries

Andy Carroll (Getty Images)
Andy Carroll (Getty Images)

Cape Town - West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has expressed his frustration with striker Andy Carroll's ongoing injury problems this season.

The Hammers have endured a difficult Premier League campaign and are still not out of the woods as they sit in 15th position with 39 points.

Bilic is determined to secure the club's top-flight status as soon as possible, and believes it's crucial to have Carroll available and fit to fight for the east Londoners.

The 28-year-old has made only 18 top-flight appearances out of a possible 35 this term due to groin and knee injuries, and he remains a doubt for Friday's game against Tottenham.

"I don't like to moan but I would be very disappointed if he is not involved in our next game," Bilic told the Evening Standard.

"You don't have to play 90 minutes but if he is on the bench it gives you a lift because we are lacking that power at the moment. We will talk about [his injury record] after the season.

"It is not his way of life or that he is not professional. As far as I know he is very settled, he is very up for training.

"It looked at one stage of the season that he was okay. It was no coincidence that in that period we won six of nine. And then suddenly you are without him..."

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