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Nasri picks up injury as his West Ham hopes hang in balance

Samir Nasri's chances of landing a permanent West Ham contract hang in the balance following another injury setback. Credit: PA

Samir Nasri's chances of landing a permanent West Ham contract hang in the balance following another injury setback.

The former Arsenal midfielder joined the Hammers on New Year's Day as a free agent having spent more than a year out of the game due to a doping ban.

Nasri signed an initial six-month deal in the hope of earning a two-year contract but a series of niggling injuries have limited him to just three Premier League starts.

The Frenchman was due to come on as a substitute at Chelsea on Monday night, only to suffer a calf injury while warming up which will rule him out of this weekend's trip to Manchester United.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has now admitted signing Nasri was a gamble and cast doubt on whether he will be offered a permanent deal.

"About next season, I don't know," said Pellegrini. "We knew that when Samir came here we had a risk for muscle injuries because he was more than one year without playing, so we will see at the end of the season."

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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.

West Ham's Rice confirms intentions to represent England

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has announced he has decided to submit a written request to FIFA for the transfer of his international registration. Credit: PA

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has announced he has decided to submit a written request to Fifa for the transfer of his international registration from the Republic of Ireland to England.

The 20-year-old was born in London but qualified for the Republic of Ireland via paternal grandparents and after playing at youth level went on to make three senior appearances, all in friendly matches.

However, after breaking into the West Ham first team and becoming a regular in Manuel Pellegrini's side this season, Rice has chosen to switch his allegiance to England.

Rice said in a lengthy statement posted on his official Twitter account on Wednesday: "This afternoon I telephoned both Mick McCarthy and Gareth Southgate to inform them of my decision to submit a written request to Fifa for the transfer of my international registration from the Republic of Ireland to England.

"This has been an extremely difficult decision and, in all honesty, not one I ever expected to be making at this stage of my career. So much has happened, so quickly, in the past couple of years."

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