No early return for injured West Ham striker Andy Carroll

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has refuted claims England striker Andy Carroll will link up with the squad again as early as next week.

Carroll has yet to play this season due to a heel injury.

"The stories that Andy Carroll is returning to us this week are not true," Allardyce said. "He'll be back, we hope, in the next two to three weeks. Hopefully he can start full training when he does come back. It's always been a week-by-week assessment."