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West Ham striker Andy Carroll suffers ligament damage

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is likely to be out for four to six weeks with a torn medial ligament on the side of his knee, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has said.

Carroll has struggled with injury since joining West Ham. Credit: PA

The 26-year-old was forced off in Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Southampton as the Hammers finished the game with only nine men following a red card for goalkeeper Adrian.

It is likely to be a few weeks, the medial ligament on the side of his knee has a tear in it from a fairly innocuous collision.

Hopefully (he will only miss) four to six weeks if we are lucky, depending on Andy's recovery rate. It is a big blow for his and a big blow for us but it is one we have to cope with.

It is traumatic when someone is going through a period when in a short time they overcome one injury and another occurs.

– West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

West Ham striker Carroll 'lost respect' for Rodgers after 'mixed messages' at Liverpool

Andy Carroll has accused Brendan Rodgers of lying during their brief period together at Liverpool, and confessed he has 'lost respect' for the Reds manager.

Carroll will be hungry to impress at Anfield. Credit: PA

Speaking to Rory Smith at the Times, the towering striker who returns to Liverpool with West Ham today, opened up about his testing spell at Anfield.

Carroll was bought during Kenny Dalglish's brief renaissance as manager but never seemed likely to fit in following the appointment of Rodgers in June 2012.

He was telling me one thing to my face, then I'd leave the training ground and he would ring me and tell me a completely different thing.

He would say: 'You're going to play every week, you're going to play every game up front with [Luis] Suarez. I'd leave and get home and he would ring me and say: 'Fulham and West Ham want you and I think it's best you should go.'

I would go back and see him and he would say the opposite again. It was the same thing round and round and round. On phone calls, it was: 'I think you should go.' To my face it was: 'You'll start every week'.

It was mixed messages. He was messing with my head. I lost respect for him to be honest.

– West Ham striker Andy Caroll speaking to the Times

Andy Carroll 'quizzed by police over alleged Dublin assault'

West Ham striker Andy Carroll was quizzed by Police in Dublin after a photographer was allegedly assaulted as the player left a fast food restaurant in Dublin, the Daily Mirror reported.

West Ham released a statement to the newspaper which said: "Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip. Credit: PA Wire

“Andy agreed to have a number of pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting on the street.

“Despite this, the photographer then carried on taking photos in the close proximity of Andy and was politely asked to stop by the private security team working on the trip.

“When he then continued taking more photos he was restrained by the security team for Andy’s safety.

“Eyewitnesses state at no point was there any physical contact between Andy and the photographer.

“The Garda took statements from the group back at the hotel and no further action was taken.”

A Garda spokeswoman said no arrests had been made but the incident is under investigation, the Daily Mirror reported.