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Carroll 'miserable' over ankle injury, says Allardyce

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Andy Carroll underwent surgery on damaged ankle ligaments last month © Getty Images
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Andy Carroll has been left "miserable" at the prospect of not playing again this year after his recent ankle injury, according to West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.

West Ham's £15 million record signing underwent surgery in Baltimore after suffering ligament damage on the club's pre-season tour of New Zealand last month.

Carroll, who missed most of last season with an achilles problem, has returned to London but will not play again until December at the earliest, with his recent history of injuries meaning West Ham may ease him back for a New Year return.

"He is pretty miserable," said Allardyce. "He is not very happy with life at the moment because it is a massive blow to him again. We just have to pick his spirits up.

"Hopefully when the boot comes off and the specialist gives him the okay to start working again he will feel a lot happier with himself.

"But he is certainly very upset and very miserable at this moment in time."

Allardyce has been quick to act over Carroll's injury by bringing in Enner Valencia for £12m, though the striker is set to miss the start of the season as he builds up his fitness.

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