West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has admitted he can not rely on Andy Carroll due to the striker’s persistent injury problems.
The 27-year-old has spent more time in the treatment room than he has on the pitch since his move to the Hammers in 2012 and could be missing for the next six weeks after picking up a knee injury.
Having impressed Bilic with his performances in the latter half of last season, the Croatian coach admits it is very frustrating not to have the Englishman available on a consistent basis.
Bilic, who is now looking at adding to his strikeforce before the transfer window closes next week, says Carroll’s injury issues means he can not always rely on him when making his plans.
“I will sign now the contract if his injury is four weeks or six weeks and, after that, good until the end of the season,” said Bilic. “I will take it.
“Andy is Andy. He’s dedicated now to training, to everything. It’s a big blow for us, a big question mark also, and big frustration with these things that are happening to him.
“The worst situation is when you plan, then you can’t count on him. All the time.”