Hammers latest: Carroll injury update, Noble for England & more

Mark Noble

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West Ham United's push for a striking recruit who would not prove costly at the tail-end of the summer market was well documented.

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Sam Allardyce may get a goal-scoring boost as news of targetman Andy Carroll's first-team return will be common knowledge within one week, as the manager told the club's official website: 'He's improving week by week. We hope to speak to the specialist on Monday and hopefully he'll be able to give us a date of when he'll be back with us.'

It's been a frustrating period for both player and club as West Ham, positioned 14th in the Premier League ladder, have returned eight goals from their eight matches in the division to date.

If they were able to call upon a fit Carroll - who they acquired on a permanent deal this summer but have been without the player in competition since that date - that figure may well be considerably boosted as the Englishman returned seven goals, four assists and created 34 chances in 1,957 minutes of action.

'It's very important that we get him back as quick as we can. Andy is the main man we bought in the summer to be our leader on the front line, once he gets fit and up and running again he will not only score goals but also create opportunities for lots of other players to score goals.'

More on the club's website shows West Ham's continued drive for community inclusion, particularly from those who feel disenfranchised as the Community Sports Trust's successful outreach programme gains considerable traction.

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Back to the pitch, and while Ravel Morrison is arguably the club's greatest headline generator of late, there is one England prospect who may well warrant a place, yet he is no teenager… he's Mark Noble.

The 26-year-old, born in Canning Town, has completed 81% of his 420 passes, has won 15 of his 21 tackles, made eight clearances, 19 interceptions and has returned one goal, one assist while creating 18 chances… all in 704 minutes of Premier League football.

He is quoted by London24 to have said: 'I’m not going around shouting that I should be in the [national] squad and all that because I am not that sort of person. I have obviously played in the Premier League week-in, week-out, since I was about 19 and played at a good level.

;If it happens, it happens, but I am just going to keep on enjoying my football, getting on the ball, enjoying passing and creating stuff and if it happens, it happens.'

And finally, Noble also claimed that, David Silva is the greater playmaker out of himself and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. Noble was speaking in the aftermath of Manchester City's victory over West Ham, published by Here Is The City, the article has generated debate in the comment section…

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