West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez partnership impossible

Reuters

Speaking ahead of the Hammers' Carabao Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, via Club Call, Bilic replied to a question about playing the two strikers together: "It is possible".

The next worldwide break will take place in the first half of next month, with West Ham's first game afterwards a Premier League away trip to Burnley on 14th October.

Poacher Hernandez, a £16million summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen, has been forced into a less-than-ideal wide position at times as West Ham seek stability to stop their run of defeats from the start of the season by playing a three-man defence. "It is very hard to put them in their ideal positions as two strikers, which looks good on paper".

The 28-year-old was more precise on the half-hour mark, however, when he collected a high pass and set off down the left before a perfectly-weighted cut-back found Sakho who prodded home. "I spoke with him, he's a great lad. he's doing a job of course".

"It is hard to do that and then have three at the back, then with [Michail] Antonio and [Marko] Arnautovic, it is nearly impossible". We tried to manage him previous year, but it didn't help a lot.

While the former Croatia manager is hopeful Carroll stays fit following his latest return from injury.

"But this season we are managing him a little bit different".

James Collins will also miss the Bolton game after being ruled out for up to three weeks with an ankle sprain he suffered against West Brom. "Maybe he could have played against Newcastle, but we knew there was the global break so we gave him two more weeks". "I expected the worst".

"It's a big game for us and all we are thinking about it".

"We don't want to treat him as an individual but we will try to use every opportunity we can to rest him".

'It's a big blow, it looks worse, it looked like it was going to be a few months but touchwood it's only going to be a couple of weeks, ' Bilic said.

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