Carroll’s renowned injury troubles have continued this season and have seen the 29-year-old make just eight Premier League appearances so far under Pellegrini. The striker was handed his first start in a year during the Hammers’ recent 2-2 draw with Brighton.
At West Ham. Andy Carroll is down injured. A minute after replacing Arnautovic.— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) January 5, 2019
The former Liverpool forward was taken off at half time during the match, with his future at the London Stadium largely up in the air. However, when asked about a potential January exit for Carroll, Pellegrini insisted, as quoted by the Mirror: “I don’t think so.
“I think Andy will stay here with us, he is an important player for our team.
“He is just coming back from a long, long injury, and the way he is taking advantage of his minutes he will return to the player that we all know.
Andy Carroll turned up to a wedding in his training gear pic.twitter.com/clAM86oLYW— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) December 30, 2018
The striker replaced Marko Arnautovic just 20 minutes into the game at the London Stadium after the Austrian suffered an early injury, after having opened the scoring just two minutes into the match. However, Carroll repaid his manager's call, as he doubled his side's lead late on.
This time he doesn't miss! Carroll heads in from close range!#WHUBIR 1-0 (90+1)— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) 5 January 2019
Depending on the severity of Arnautovic’s injury, Carroll could find himself called upon for even more regular action as the focal point of West Ham’s attack in the absence of their star man.