West Ham’s preparations for the 2018-19 Premier League season have been handed a significant double injury blow.
Football.London reports that both Andy Carroll and Winston Reid suffered injuries during the club’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland and will face a number of months on the sidelines.
Carroll is stated to have suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury that forced him to miss three months of West Ham’s campaign last term and is set to be unavailable for the first four months of the 2018-19 season.
Reid has also suffered a recurrence of a previous injury issue in his knee and will require surgery once again, leaving him absent for at least three months of the new season.
West Ham have already bolstered their options at the middle of defence with the capture of Issa Diop, while a deal for Fabian Balbuena is on the horizon, but Reid’s injury may send Manuel Pellegrini dipping into the market yet again.
Meanwhile, Carroll’s injury means that Jordan Hugill’s proposed exit could also fall through as he may now be needed as back-up to Javier Hernandez.