West Ham's towering striker Andy Carroll is set to face another lengthy absence away from the pitch, after suffering a hairline fracture in his foot against West Brom last month - in which he scored both goals in a 2-1 Hammers victory.
The 29-year-old made a brief appearance against Tottenham days later, but is understood to have had a painkilling injection prior to coming on.
Chelsea had reportedly lined up a deal to sign Carroll this month as they look to secure a physical striker this January. However, the injury has prompted the Italian to look elsewhere; with Chelsea now set to move for Burnley's Ashley Barnes.
[@TeleFootball] are reporting that Andy Carroll is likely to be sidelined for up-to three months after a scan on Sunday revealed a hairline fracture of his foot. Meanwhile, Manuel Lanzini 'could' be out for up to a month after sustaining a hamstring injury vs Bournemouth. #WHUFC— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) January 22, 2018
"We are getting two or three specialists to look at it and then we will be able to make the correct decision. Hopefully we will know within a week.