Updated: December 01, 2012 20:50 IST

West Ham United star Andy Carroll out for eight weeks

Carroll, on a season-long loan with the Hammers from Liverpool, sustained the injury in the second half of Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United and was absent from the squad for Saturday's London derby against Chelsea.

London: West Ham striker Andy Carroll will be sidelined for up to eight weeks after suffering a knee injury, manager Sam Allardyce confirmed on Saturday. (File Photo: Andy Carroll)

Carroll, on a season-long loan with the Hammers from Liverpool, sustained the injury in the second half of Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United and was absent from the squad for Saturday's London derby against Chelsea.

England international Carroll has endured a difficult time at Upton Park, scoring just once in 10 games for Allardyce's side and missing a month of action at the start of the campaign due to a hamstring injury.

"It's pretty severe. We didn't expect it to be quite as severe," Allardyce told BBC Sport. "It's going to be about six to eight weeks. It's a blow for us and Andy."

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