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Andy Carroll left shaken by attempted armed robbery

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A hugely frustrating year got even worse for Andy Carroll last night, as the West Ham striker was held at gunpoint by armed robbers in an incident that left him visibly shaken, according to sources.

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The injury-prone former Liverpool player, who has been out of action since August, was driving back to his home in Essex when confronted by two armed motorcyclists at a junction.

Although Carroll managed to escape unharmed, the Daily Mail reports that the 27-year-old returned to West Ham’s training ground at Rush Green where concerned club officials promptly called the police.

In a statement today, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic revealed that the England international was recovering well from the emotional trauma of the incident.

“He was very brave and came back to the training ground, he said. “He is smiling today and is in a good environment now.”

Carroll is currently undergoing treatment on a troublesome knee injury, with Bilic adamant that West Ham will do all they can to nurture the player back to full health in the coming weeks.

“Whatever he needs or any other player, we can provide for them,” he added.

“Andy will continue to do his rehab and is running.

“He started that a couple of days ago. If he continues we would expect him back on the pitch in two weeks.”

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