Andy Carroll made his first appearance of the season for West Ham, selected as a starter in the Capital One Cup clash with Leicester City.
He was substituted after 65 minutes with the score at 1-1, with Mauro Zarate scoring a first half goal for the Hammers.
He came through the game without injury, with summer signing Dmitri Payet coming on in his place.
While it would have been ideal for Carroll to score on his comeback, it was not meant to be, and the fact he came through it unscathed means it has to go down as a success.
Carroll has been tormented by injury since signing permanently from West Ham, much to the frustration of all connected to the club.
It was the first time new manager Slaven Bilic has had the chance to see what Carroll can do, but it was a disjointed affair in terms of getting him involved.
Carroll was, as could be expected, lacking sharpness, and could need a few more run outs before conclusions can be drawn as to how he will fit into Bilic's system.
The Hammers have been playing good football in recent weeks, and the fear is suddenly Carroll may prompt a return to long ball tactics, if not utilised correctly, but the conundrum is whether he can adapt to another style of play.
Supporters were pleased to welcome the former England international back to the side, but expressed reservations over his style.
Here is a look at the reaction to his display via Twitter...
Great seeing the big man @AndyTCarroll back in action— Scott Cummins (@ScottCummins195) September 22, 2015
Andy Carroll makes way for Payet. Quite rusty, for sure, but that's to be expected after so long out. A good run-out.— Iron Views (@ironviews) September 22, 2015
Andy Carroll needs to be used as an impact sub when we are losing, he can't start, we are all over the place— Dan James (@I_Am_DanJames) September 22, 2015
Andy Carroll is very good at defending corners— Steve Katz (@RealGone) September 22, 2015
Somebody please tell me what Andy Carroll brings to our side, time to get rid!— Jamie Moore (@JamieMoore76) September 22, 2015