West Ham’s Andy Carroll approaching full fitness

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The 26-year old will be hoping to put his injury troubles behind him.

Andy Carroll looks set to return to the West Ham United squad in time for pre-season after an injury-plagued few years in East London. The striker has been out since early February with a knee injury but has since undergone successful surgery on the issue.

Stijn Vandenbroucke, Head of Medical and Sports Science at West Ham, has provided a fitness update on several players as we approach the new campaign.

Writing on the club’s official website, he said: “It has been a busy time during the off season and at the start of pre-season and the positive news is that Diafra Sakho, Doneil Henry and James Tomkins are training and Andy Carroll is getting close to his comeback.

“Andy is training on the pitch, building up his fitness and will join the team in the next few weeks.”

The news will come as a relief to Hammers fans who will be hoping for an extended run in the team for the England international striker. He has made just 27 appearances since signing permanently in 2013, but his impact is invariably a positive one whenever he does feature.

His physical presence is a nightmare for centre-backs and he gives an added dimension to the West Ham attack. It’s possible he was more suited to Sam Allardyce’s approach than he will be to Slaven Bilic’s, however, and it’s yet to be seen how highly the Croatian values the former Newcastle United and Liverpool man.

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