Andy Carroll faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines after West Ham manager David Moyes confirmed he may require surgery.
Carroll, linked with a move to Chelsea during the transfer window, has been absent from West Ham's recent fixtures with an ankle issue.
The Hammers had hoped the 29-year-old, whose career has been scuppered by a host of injuries, would be missing for only a number of weeks.
But Moyes, speaking ahead of his side's Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Saturday, conceded that he could now be ruled out for months.
"We found out yesterday after Andy went for a scan and it showed up that he has got a problem," Moyes said. "We are not sure whether the ankle will need an operation or not.
"We are getting two or three specialists to look at it and then we will be able to make the correct decision. Hopefully we will know within a week."
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