Andy Carroll‘s latest injury is not as bad as the club first though, it has been confirmed.

The club-record signing was expected to make his return from a heel injury against Southampton on Sunday, but suffered a similar injury in his first full training session back earlier this month.

A club statement read: “West Ham United can confirm that Andy Carroll has suffered an injury to his plantar fascia.

“The club will ensure Carroll is given the best possible treatment to aid with his recovery and will seek expert advice from specialists around the world.

“There is no timescale as to a possible return yet, although the injury is not as serious as in the last instance.”

Manager Sam Allardyce said: “It’s the same type of injury, but in a different area. It is not an achilles injury, but instead it involves the band of tissue which runs under the foot.

“According to the specialist the chance of a recurrence of that type of injury is about four per cent, unfortunately for Andy he was one of the unlucky ones.

“He doesn’t need an operation but we need to give the foot time to re-heal, continue the rehab and get him back in training again.”