West Ham striker Andy Carroll is injured again and will miss the clash with Everton this weekend at the very least.

Fresh Carroll injury blow

Fresh Carroll injury blow

The luckless frontman suffered a recurrence of a groin problem during the opening five minutes of last weekend's 2-2 draw at Sunderland.

Fortunately for the Hammers, Carroll's wayward effort fell at the feet of Andre Ayew, who tapped in the opening goal at the Stadium of Light.

Even though Carroll played the full 90 minutes, the injury has now ruled him out of Saturday's visit of Everton.

"It's his adductor muscle again," said manager Slaven Bilic. "He felt it in the beginning of the game. We can talk about a miskick or an assist for Andre's goal, but he said at that moment he felt it.

"He had a scan after the game, it showed nothing major but it's serious enough to rule him out of Saturday's game."

The groin issue is the latest in a catalogue of injury problems for Carroll, who missed the first part of the season with a knee injury and even suffered whiplash soon after scoring an overhead kick against Crystal Palace in January.