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Carroll's West Ham career could be over after latest injury

Andy Carroll has once again had an injury hit season at West Ham. Credit: PA

Andy Carroll may have played his last game for West Ham after yet another injury setback.

The former England striker has been missing from the Hammers squad for the last two matches, and manager Manuel Pellegrini has now revealed Carroll has an ankle problem.

Carroll, 30, will be out of contract in the summer and, having started only three Premier League games all season, he is not expected to be offered a new one.

Pellegrini was unable to put a timescale on Carroll's return but his past injury record has raised fears that he will not appear again this term.

"Andy Carroll has an ankle problem," said Pellegrini. "How serious we don't know, I cannot tell you.

"We need to wait for some medical examinations and after that we will know."

Carroll joined West Ham from Liverpool in 2012, initially on loan before agreeing a £15million permanent switch on a six-year contract.

In that time he has started only 84 Premier League matches out of a possible 266 due to a catalogue of injuries.

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Newcastle break transfer record to sign Atlanta United striker Miguel Almiron

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Newcastle have completed their move for Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron, the club have announced.

The 24-year-old Paraguay international has joined the Magpies on a five and a half-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £20million, eclipsing the £16million they paid for England striker Michael Owen in 2005.

Almiron told NUFC TV: "I'm very happy and eager to start and to meet my new team-mates. The league is very competitive, this is a historic club, and Rafa Benitez himself were the main reasons why I am here now.

"I think it is a great responsibility, something beautiful for me, and I will try to offer the best I can to repay the trust the club put in me."

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