Carroll suffers injury scare ahead of Middlesbrough trip

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that Andy Carroll is a slight doubt for this weekend’s trip to Middlesbrough due to whiplash.

It is not clear how the former Liverpool man picked up the bizarre injury, but Bilic did claim that Carroll felt it towards the end of the Hammers’ 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend.

It is natural to wonder whether the striker suffered whiplash from his stunning scissor kick against the Eagles, but Bilic is in the dark. He told reporters:

“He’s got a whiplash injury, that’s what I was told from the physios. Then I went to the dictionary basically to find out what that is. It was a sore neck, but hopefully he will be okay.

“It was at the end of the game, I don’t know how he got it. He then trained Tuesday very hard, he was brilliant in training, but then reported some neck pain. But as I say, hopefully he will be okay.”

Bilic does not seem overly concerned about Carroll’s fitness for the game against Boro, but fans will keeping fingers crossed that he is ready to start.

The East London outfit have struggled for goals, scoring 26 in 21 Premier League outings, with Michail Antonio top-scoring on eight.

Injuries have hampered Carroll’s progress this season, restricting him to just nine appearances in the top flight and only six of them have been starts.

The 28-year-old, who has netted just three times this season, will be hoping that last weekend will kickstart a run in front of goal.