Bad news for the Hammers as the club has been dealt a double whammy ahead of the new season.
Andy Carroll, who was looking forward to starting the new season against the Bluebirds is set to miss the first month of the season while on the other side of the channel, monsieur Salomon Kalou has turned down a chance to join West Ham.
24 year old Carroll took a knock on his heel on the last day of the season in the Hammers’ 4-2 victory over Reading. That injury put paid to his England duties in the friendly games against the Republic of Ireland and Confederations cup winners, Brazil.
The £16m record signing has spent much of the pre-season recovering and getting into shape ahead of the Hammers’ new season. However, Sam Allardyce has admitted that he will delay the Geordie’s return, preferring to adopt a more cautious approach.
Allardyce, speaking to the London Evening Standard said: “Andy is making good progress and doing some running.”
“We will look at things over the next week but considering where he is in his preparation, I would have thought that we’re looking more realistically at the match following the international break, which is Southampton away on 15 September.”
West Ham now find themselves in a quandary as Allardyce has yet to find a partner for the big Geordie up front.
West Ham United had been linked with Lille player Salomon Kalou and at one stage were thought to be favourites to bring him back to the Premier League. However, the 28 year old Ivorian frontman has put a spanner in ze works and revealed that he has little desire to leave his club which is about to begin their new season.
Speaking to French newspaper Voix Du Nord, Kalou said that “Rene Girard is a coach who can make progress,”
“In these circumstances I do not see why I need to go elsewhere.”
With Allardyce’s options being given a swift kick up the backside by Kalou, the manager now has only Maiga and Vaz Te to count on ahead of the new season’s opener against new boys Cardiff City.