The majority of Andy Carroll’s West Ham United career has been plagued by injuries.
The striker, who signed for the East London outfit from Liverpool in 2013, has struggled with hamstring, knee, foot and groin problems during the last four years.
This season, the 28-year-old has made just five Premier League appearances and is yet to get on the scoresheet.
Tony Gale, who spent 10 years playing for the Hammers in his career, believes that Carroll will struggle to get back in the team, but not because of injury.
The striker is expected to serve a ban after getting sent off in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.
Carroll was issued with two yellow cards in the space of two minutes inside the first half-hour of the game.
The initial booking was for an elbow on James Tarkowski, and the second was whacking Ben Mee in an aerial challenge.
Gale believes that the suspension will force manager Slaven Bilic to change tactics, with Javier Hernandez possibly being used through the middle rather than wide.
The football pundit told Sky Sports:
“All of a sudden West Ham might change the way they play, Hernandez goes up front, [Diafra] Sakho goes up front, he may not get back in the team.”