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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 16:03 GMT
Keeper Carroll receives support
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll
Goalkeeper Roy Carroll signed for West Ham in June 2005
The Irish Football Association has pledged support to Roy Carroll after news that the keeper was being treated for gambling and alcohol problems.

Carroll's club West Ham have also rallied behind the former Manchester United man, saying they expect him to return to training on Thursday.

"We are aware that Roy has problems and we are fully supporting him in any way we can," said Hammers boss Alan Pardew.

"He has gone about tackling the issues in the right way and is seeking help."

IFA chief executive Howard Wells said they would help in anyway they could.

He described 29-year-old Carroll as a popular member of the Northern Ireland squad and someone who featured prominently in their plans.

Carroll made more than 70 appearances for Manchester United before moving to Upton Park in June 2005.

He previously played for Hull City and Wigan Athletic.

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