Its been reported that West Ham striker Andy Carroll was held at gunpoint after training on Wednesday.
A club statement said later on Wednesday night that the police were investigating an incident involving one of their players, believed to be Carroll.
The statement said: “West Ham United can confirm an incident targeting one of our players on Wednesday November 2. The matter is now being handled by the police.”
Carroll was driving home from a training session when the suspects demanded that he stop at a junction and gestured they had weapons.
Both men attempted to block his Mercedes G-Wagon when he tried to get away.
They then pursued the 27-year-old as he returned to the team’s training ground for help from security staff.
However, West Ham Boss Slaven Bilic had this to say on Thursday “I don’t think it was a coincidence and he was chased for a long time,”
“He was very brave and came back to the training ground. He is smiling today and is in a good environment now.”
Carroll has not played for the Hammers since the Europa League qualifier against Astra Giurgiu on August 18, a game in which the England international sustained a knee injury.
The problem was only meant to sideline Carroll for six weeks, but he has only just returned to training this week.
West Ham have increased security at their training ground, but Bilic said the incident should not stop players continuing their normal routines.
“What can they do? He didn’t go somewhere that it would be likely to come into those situations or problems – he just drove home from his work at the training ground to his house.
“He was stopped a couple of minutes from his house, so what can you do? What should they do? Live an isolated life or stop going to grocery stores or driving cars by themselves or have 10 bodyguards or whatever?
“To be fair, it’s very good when the players want to be linked with normal people and the fans, to mix with them in pubs and all that after the games.
“The fans and the players love to feel that bond between themselves and if we lose that what’s the point in playing football at all?”
Bilic added that Carroll would continue his rehabilitation and expects him to be “back on the pitch in two weeks”.
The Hammers’ next game is against Stoke City at the London Stadium on Saturday