Allardyce provides West Ham injury update - Good and bad news

West Ham United have one player returning from injury, but another could miss out against Southampton.

Sam Allardyce has told West Ham United's official site that Andy Carroll could make a return to his squad against Southampton on Wednesday night.

Carroll had to watch from the stands as the Hammers took on Manchester United over the, but it seems that his return is not too far away.

It is good news for West Ham, who have seen a number of players left on the treatment table of late, but it has been countered by Allardyce suggesting that Kevin Nolan could be out.

Nolan picked up a knock during the Hammers’ 1-1 draw with United and it seems that his chances of playing against Southampton are limited.

"The possibility would be Andy Carroll," Allardyce revealed at his press conference on Tuesday. "He may be fit but it'll be touch and go right up until we leave tomorrow morning.

"Kevin Nolan has a bruised instep which is causing us some concern, at the moment we don't know if he'll be able to but his boots on or not. That's obviously a blow to us and the rest who were unavailable are still out. We're short on numbers but very high on confidence."

The fact that West Ham travel to Southampton with morale high owes largely to the performance they put in against United.

Although Allardyce's men may not have been able to pick up the three points, they were undoubtedly the better team and could count themselves very unfortunate when Daley Blind's late volley stopped them claiming the victory.

Their display was still important, though, as West Ham's standards have dipped of late and if they can continue to play to this level they will have a good chance of leaving St. Mary's with something to celebrate.

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