West Ham star Andy Carroll says he will be back from injury by the end of the month

Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll, Mark Noble

The big striker is ready to return after his absence since February.

West Ham United have been after a new striker in recent weeks. They missed out on Raul Jimenez to Benfica but are in need of a new striker after Enner Valencia succumbed to injury at the start of the season.

On top of that Diafra Sakho’s off-field controversy will now concern the club.

That leaves them short in the striker department, but the return of Andy Carroll would be a huge boost for the club.

The club record signing has been struggling for fitness in recent years, with a long-term knee injury his latest problem – leaving him out of action since February.

But he is nearing his comeback and spoke to the official West Ham website earlier today about his return to fitness:

"I'm looking forward to it; it's been a long time since I've been on the pitch. There's not long to go now so I'm looking forward to being back.

"I've been working hard and I'm nearly fit now, so it's all positive. I've been working hard and hopefully I'll be back by the end of the month, like the gaffer said.

"I just can't wait to get back. It's the last season here so it's a good time to be here and play here. I'm looking forward to getting back and getting a few goals here.

"It's great when you play at home for any club but it’s fantastic here when you've got all the fans behind you."

West Ham were certainly buoyed by their opening fixture of the season. They defeated Arsenal in comfortable fashion, 2-0 at The Emirates Stadium.

However they are still short on striking options and the return to fitness of Carroll will come as a massive boost to the club for the coming months.

The fact he is pumped up to sign out of life at Upton Park in style will also buoy fans ahead of the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium next summer.

Here’s hoping he can stay fit for the majority of the season.

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