David Gold delivers Andy Carroll fitness update on Twitter, contradicts reports

The West Ham co-owner remains hopeful when it comes to the big striker's injury problems.

David Gold says he is still 'hopeful' of seeing Andy Carroll in action for West Ham United in September.

The Irons co-owner took to Twitter in response to a query from a supporter and suggested Carroll can still make a first-team comeback in Sep - despite reports from the Daily Telegraph ruling the target man out until mid-October.

Gold admits 'nothing is certain' but feels the 26-year-old remains in with a chance of defying the latest reports regarding his injury.

Uphill battle

Carroll faces an uphill battle to establish himself as one of Slaven Bilic's first-choice strikers at Upton Park - especially if he cannot get fit enough in time to play for West Ham's new manager after two months.

Carroll could see increased competition from the likes of Mauro Zarate next season, while West Ham are still expected to recruit another forward.

The 26-year-old has received plenty of support from fans on Twitter and in general during his injury down time and there is no doubting his ability to take control of games at his best. But, as ever, Carroll's best is no good for the Hammers if he is nowhere to be seen on a football pitch.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch