Tomkins and Gold react as Carroll and Valencia return to action in West Ham friendly

The West Ham United pair played on Friday as they bid to return to Slaven Bilic's first-team sooner rather than later.

West Ham United player James Tomkins has been speaking about the return from injury of two of his teammates in an interview with the club’s official website.

West Ham have been without strikers Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia for some time now, but the pair returned to action in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Reading on Friday which ended 4-3.

Carroll played the full match and got on the score-sheet while Valencia featured for 20 minutes as he continued his recovery from knee and ankle injuries.

West Ham have not exactly struggled in their absence, beating some of the best teams in the league and finding themselves sixth in the Premier League going into this international break, but Hammers manager Slaven Bilic will be desperate to have them back regardless.

Speaking about his two teammates, Tomkins told, “It was good to see Andy back among the goals and get ninety minutes under his belt after being injured for a while.

“It is good for him to be back out there and it was also great to see Enner get some match fitness.”

West Ham’s next match is against Crystal Palace on 17 October and a visit to Selhurst Park is unlikely to faze them considering just how well they have done on their travels in recent weeks.

More recently West Ham’s joint chairman David Gold took to Twitter to also acknowledge Carroll and Valencia’s recent run-out and his message can be seen below:

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