Noble comes to Carroll's defence
Mark Noble has jumped to the defence of Hammers striker Andy Carroll with the striker's stay at the club seemingly over.
Carroll has been plagued by injuries since he signed for the club - initially on loan - from Liverpool back in 2012 and this season has been the same as many others.
Carroll, who last played on February 27, has had ankle surgery, which will rule him out for the rest of the season and with the powerful forward being out of contract in the summer, it could be the end of his stay at West Ham.
Despite speculation about his attitude to training, Noble says he is committed to the cause and has just been let down on a regular basis by his body.
He told the Evening Standard: "The thing about Andy is that when he plays, he gives it 100 per cent but, if he is not fully fit, he can put himself in danger.
"It's horrible when I see some of the comments about him.
"It's not his fault he is injured, he is such a big lad and his body has not been able to cope with the demands of playing regularly and that has severely limited his time."
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