Football: Carroll injury setback frustrates West Ham boss Bilic

West Ham United's Andy Carroll (left) lies on the ground after being injured during their match against Bournemouth.
West Ham United's Andy Carroll (left) lies on the ground after being injured during their match against Bournemouth.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was left frustrated and confused by Andy Carroll's latest injury setback, after the striker pulled up with a hamstring problem in Tuesday's 3-1 Premier League win over Bournemouth.

The injury-prone England international, who has scored twice in the last three league games, left the pitch after 15 minutes and will be assessed on Wednesday.

"It's a big blow for us because he started this game good," Bilic told the BBC of a player who only returned to first-team action in September after a seven-month spell on the sidelines following knee surgery.

"I don't understand it because we're resting the players. We're not training a lot. We can only hope it won't last that long."

In Carroll's absence, West Ham were reliant on the talents of midfielder Dimitri Payet, who made his first start since early November after he picked up an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old Frenchman came up with a goal and an assist to help his team move up to fifth in the league table. "I'm very happy because I don't play for two months," he said, quoted by the club's website (www.whufc.com).

"I'm very happy I can play, and (get a) good goal, good assist. It's my job. I'm very happy."