Newcastle United linked Andy Carroll gives update on knee injury

The West Ham striker is making progress from the injury that ruled him out for the last three months of the season.

Reported Newcastle United target Andy Carroll has been focused on one footballing goal in recent weeks, as the West Ham record signing works on recovering on the knee injury that ruled him out for the much of the end of the season.

The striker had encouraging news to give the West Ham website regarding his return to fitness, something that would have also caught followers of Newcastle, with the Mirror linking him with a return to St James's Park at the weekend.

“The injury is going well and I have pretty much been in every day working on it and strengthening the injury. I started jogging and it is all getting better.

“I have been in the gym a long time now and it is nice to be outside going for a jog and it felt great afterwards," Carroll told the Hammers site. "Hopefully I can be back out there.

“I want to step it up again and start kicking a ball but I am glad to be outside and moving again.”

The big frontman may or may not return to his old stomping ground in the North-East at some point, but first up he will work hard at being available for the Hammers as soon as possible, with their opening game of the season coming as early as July 2 due to Europa League qualifying rounds.

26-year-old Carroll has been unable to replicate the form he found in his last two seasons at Newcastle at either of the clubs he has joined since.

Huge transfer fees took the England international to both Liverpool and West Ham, but the striker hasn't reached double figures in a season since he managed it in the opening half of the Magpies campaign in 2010-11.

Last season looked promising until it was disrupted by injury, as Carroll scored 5 times in 12 league appearances. He'll surely be hoping to stay fit and feature more whether he's still at West Ham or back at Newcastle.

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