Andy Carroll officially off West Ham's injured list after seven long months and boyhood club could pay

Andy Carroll is officially off West Ham United's "injured" list after seven long months out and it is just in time to face boyhood club Newcastle United.

The Hammers take on the Magpies at the Boleyn Ground on Monday night and Carroll, who left St James Park in a record £35 million deal for Liverpool back in 2011, looks certain to be involved in some capacity.

West Ham co-owner David Gold and manager Slaven Bilic both expressed their hope that he could be back involved with the squad after the international break.

But there had been no official confirmation that he would be back in time with the club not wishing to rush him after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

However, that all changed on Wednesday evening when West Ham's head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbroucke gave his latest update on the club's official website.

Speaking about the squad's injured players, Vandenbroucke reported that striker Enner Valencia would not be fit until November, new signing from Barcelona Alex Song the end of October and that Mauro Zarate would be expected to rejoin the first team this weekend.

Tellingly, though, there was no mention of Carroll amongst the injured crop.

Vital game time in training

Instead Vandenbroucke revealed the powerful England striker was involved in an 11-a-side training match to give him and some of the club's new signings vital game time ahead of the visit of Steve McClaren's side.

"We held an 11v11 match at Chadwell Heath to simulate match conditions and give valuable minutes to the likes of Andy Carroll, Michail Antonio, Victor Moses and Nikica Jelavic," Vandenbroucke told

"We hope to have all the players back from international duty free from injury and it will be good to get the whole group back together on Friday, after the players’ day off, and then we will be fully focused on preparing them for Monday’s home game against Newcastle United."

H-Andy Carroll as pressure eases on Sakho

While he is unlikely to start, it seems inevitable Carroll will enter the fray against his old team at some stage.

And with the striker desperate to make up for lost time that could be bad news for McClaren's winless side.

The Hammers have been somewhat over reliant on Diafra Sakho so far this season and Carroll's return will not only take the pressure off the Senegal star, but also give him more freedom on the pitch.

After scoring 12 goals in his debut season after signing from Metz last year, Sakho has been noticeably doubled up on in games so far, particularly by Leicester City and Bournemouth in their wins at Upton Park.

As the only fit striker, the opposition knew if they could stop Sakho they stood a good chance of eliminating West Ham's goal threat.

Now with the big man back, defences will have their hands full and that can only be good news for Bilic and all Hammers supporters wanting an enjoyable last ever season at the Boleyn Ground.

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