West Ham United forward Andy Carroll will reportedly spend the next three months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to repair a hairline fracture to his foot.
It is understood that Carroll suffered the injury during West Ham’s Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion on January 2.
The powerful forward netted twice against the Baggies at the London Stadium, and was also a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur on January 4.
However, Carroll has missed West Ham’s last two Premier League matches against Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth through injury.
According to The Telegraph, West Ham were hopeful that surgery would not be required to fix the issue, but Carroll was forced to undergo an operation on Monday morning in a bid to avoid a long-term problem.
The 29-year-old, who is valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, was believed to be the subject of interest from Premier League champions Chelsea earlier this month.
Carroll is now expected to spend the next three months on the sidelines, which effectively ends his chances of making the England squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.