West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce: 'Andy Carroll not 100% fit'

Andy Carroll of West Ham celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at the Stadium of Light on March 31, 2014
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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says that Andy Carroll is suffering with match fitness by claiming that the striker is not 100% fit.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that striker Andy Carroll is struggling with match fitness.

The forward spent five months on the sidelines with an Achilles injury, but has managed just two goals in 13 appearances since returning to the side.

"He's not 100%," PA Sport quotes Allardyce as saying. "He's had no pre-season at all, he's worked very hard, but getting into games at this stage of the season after so long out is hard.

"It's hard to get that ultimate sharpness that you need. Hopefully he can find it."

The Hammers suffered their third defeat in a row on Saturday in a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace.

Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at Boleyn Ground on April 19, 2014
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