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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is confident Andy Carroll will not lose much despite facing up to six weeks out with a hamstring injury.
Carroll is awaiting the results of a scan on the hamstring injury he suffered in the early stages of West Ham's Premier League 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Tuesday, but there are fears the striker will be out for between four and six weeks.
The 27-year-old has been beset by serious injuries since joining West Ham in January 2013 but he has shown some good form since returning from a groin problem over Christmas.
Bilic insists there is 'no reason to be negative' over the injury and is confident he will be available in the near future.
"Andy has a scan today so we will wait for that," Bilic told reporters on Thursday. "It's his hamstring, it's something in between a big and little one.
"Of course we will be cautious, and it is a blow for us because he was looking really sharp. He'll be back soon and he won't lose much.
"If everything goes well he will be back very soon so there is no reason to be negative."
West Ham travel to St James' Park at the weekend and Bilic hopes to have Victor Moses, Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate available for the game against Newcastle.
"Victor Moses started to train with the team the day before Bournemouth, so he's available," Bilic confirmed.
"Cheikhou Kouyate missed the game against Bournemouth, he was at about 85 per cent so we ested him a little bit.
"Zarate also, he felt a bit before the Bournemouth game, but it was just kind of a cramp so he's training today."