Andy Carroll has suffered a knee injury and will be ruled out of action for West Ham United for six to eight weeks.
The former Newcastle forward was absent from the teamsheet at Upton Park today as West Ham face Chelsea, and it appears that the injury he sustained in his side's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United will keep him out of action for some time.
It is the second injury Carroll has suffered this season, and comes shortly after he had opened his account for West Ham after scoring against Tottenham.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said that he hoped his side could remain strong in his absence, saying: "Andy Carroll's injury is pretty severe. We didn't expect it to be quite as severe. It's going to be about six to eight weeks. It's a blow for us and Andy. We must soldier on. The lads out there have plenty of experience but we are a bit light on the bench.""