Last Updated: Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:09
West Ham have been hit with a blow on the injury front as striker Andy Carroll will be out for up to eight weeks.
The on-loan England man will not be returning to his present club Liverpool to recuperate despite the injury turning out to be far worse than was first expected.
Carroll picked up the problem in the defeat to Manchester United but it had only been expected to keep him out for a couple of weeks, but now it has been revealed it will be far longer and he may not return until well into the new year.
"It's pretty severe. We didn't expect it to be quite as severe," Allardyce told BBC Sport.
"It's going to be about six to eight weeks. It's a blow for us and Andy.
"Andy will be staying with us. We have contacted Liverpool, they have all the information, they sent a representative down to assess him, but they use the same specialist as we do, which helps and hopefully he can now recover as quickly as possible."
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