"But I spoke to him and he is a great lad and I said "we have priorities and at the moment the team needs you there" and he is doing the job, of course".
"I am thinking about them the most but it is hard to have them both in their natural positions", he said.
West Ham duo Mark Noble and Javier Hernandez are ready to face Tottenham, despite rough treatment from Bolton in the midweek Carabao Cup fixture. From the goals of John Toshack and Kevin Keegan paying the rent for Liverpool to Emile Heskey and Michael Owen helping demolish Germany 5-1 in Munich or the double act of Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn at Sunderland, get it right and West Ham will only be headed in one direction.
The 28 year-old has appeared in under half of West Ham's Premier League games for three of the last five seasons after multiple battles with injuries. "It's very good and we're going to need it on Saturday, definitely". "We have to rest the players and then pick a team which is fresh enough to play well this weekend to get our season up and running", boss Phil Parkinson said.
Bilic had also confirmed that some of the clubs younger players could also feature in the cup tie, with the likes of Declan Rice and Nathan Holland being given the chance to impress. "He isn't going to play tomorrow".
"He has got that quality and he knows that I like him, but sometimes in himself he gets happy with a few things that he does and I want him to continue like that and push the borders".
"That game is all that I think about and we want to progress, of course".
Of Carroll, he added: 'We have to manage him.