Last Updated: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:03
Andy Carroll is set to fly to Holland to see a specialist about his injured heel amid rumours he could be out until the New Year.
The club's record signing is set to fly out on Wednesday to see the specialist and try and get to the bottom of the problem but until he has been assessed there is no way of knowing how long he will be out.
Hammers officials are said to have resigned themselves to being without their star man until the New Year, but they may have to wait up to three weeks before the get a definitive answer.
Meanwhile, new signing Mladen Petric is likely to go straight into the side to face Southampton away on Sunday.
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