West Ham star Andy Carroll to miss NZ games
Star striker Andy Carroll will miss West Ham United's two games in New Zealand after picking up an ankle injury.
In disappointing news for Kiwi football fans, new $23 million signing Enner Valencia, who scored all three of Ecuador's goals at the World Cup, will also miss the tour as he awaits a work permit.
West Ham play the Wellington Phoenix in Auckland tonight then Sydney FC in Wellington on Saturday.
In a club statement, West Ham said: "Andy Carroll will miss both games on the Football United tour of New Zealand as a precautionary measure after developing a sore left ankle during training.
"After assessment by the club's medical experts, it was decided to let the England international rest for both remaining games and receive intensive treatment to ensure he is fit for the start of the season.
"It should be clear that the affected area is not in any way associated with the previous injury he successfully overcame towards the end of last season."
The tour kicked off on Tuesday night, with Newcastle United easing past Sydney 4-0 in Dunedin.