West Ham haven’t managed to avoid the negative stories in the media this season and the latest report to emerge surrounding Andy Carroll is deeply concerning.
The 27-year-old, who has been recovering from injury, was allegedly held at gunpoint by two men on his return from training yesterday – with police confirming an investigation into the incident is underway.
West Ham have also confirmed the incident was being handled by police and manager Slaven Bilic praised the striker for being very brave.
“He was very brave and came back to the training ground.” he said. “Thankfully he is good and not in shock. He acted in a brave manner. He was probably targeted. I don’t think it was a coincidence and he was chased for a long time.
“Andy Carroll is good. I just spoke to him about what happened. He is okay. Whatever he needs or any other player we can provide for them. He is smiling today and is in a good environment now.”
West Ham host Stoke City this weekend to kick-off a very difficult month of November for the club, with the Hammers facing Manchester United twice and Arsenal as they look to improve upon their performances this season.
The striker is a well-known figure in the English game following his £35m move to Liverpool back in 2011. He has since struggled to live up to that huge price-tag, albeit injury issues have derailed his progress.