In comes one, and out goes the other it seems.
While Dimitri Payet was able to return to the West Ham ranks and inspire the Hammers to a thrilling 3-1 come-back victory over AFC Bournemouth, teammate and aerial threat Andy Carroll is projected to be out for at least a month due to a hamstring injury.
Payet started West Ham’s comeback in the 68th minute, taking full advantage of a free-kick opportunity and scoring beautifully.
Notice the celebration? Payet wasn’t kidding about putting the team on his back as he provided Enner Valencia with a devastating low cross which the forward put away on the volley.
Valencia would then copy-cat Payet in the 84th to put the game away at 3-1. Just look at that ball drop from the sky, the keeper didn’t even know what hit him.
West Ham boss Slaven Billic had nothing but good things about Payet who’s return has helped the Hammers to remain unbeaten in the last eight games.
“Dimitri is an individual in the last third but with his presence he makes the other players better and that is why we got him.”
“We changed the shape at half-time and told them to play with more bravery in the second half. It is a great away win.”
But it isn’t all celebrations as consummate poacher Andy Carroll left the game with a limp after just 15 minutes. The striker recently was the reason West Ham were able to overcome a tough Liverpool team 2-0.
The team website reports that:
“West Ham United can confirm Andy Carroll underwent a scan on his left leg on Thursday morning.”
“The results show an injury to his hamstring, which is expected to keep him out of action for a month.”
While this leaves Carroll out for the game away against Newcastle, Bilic should have Victor Moses, Kouyate, and Zarate all available.
Here’s hoping that Payet and the Hammers can turn that unbeaten streak to nine.