West Ham striker Andy Carroll offers insight into his fitness levels

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West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has made just 35 appearances in over two years.

Andy Carroll has told West Ham United's official website that he is 'feeling great' as he continues his comeback from injury.

The target-man has suffered with a succession of injury problems ever since arriving at the Hammers back in 2013, and he is currently being eased back into the first-team fold at Upton Park. 

Carroll has recently played for the club's development side against Reading, and he believes that he is getting back to full health. 

"I am feeling great at the moment and have been on the pitch most days throughout the week," he said. 

"Getting ninety minutes under my belt against Reading last week was a great feeling.

"I have been training now for a few weeks, but you don't get fully fit by just training. Playing in the game last Friday gives you a lot more match fitness and I feel good after it. There were no niggles and I felt really good throughout the game.

"In the past maybe I came back too soon from my previous injuries, but this time I have had a long break and it has been nine months since I had the operation."

Carroll's injury problems have stopped him making a success of his time at West Ham, as he has been on the treatment table far too frequently.

The England international has played just 35 matches in over two years, with a range of injury problems affecting him. 

Carroll will be hoping that the comeback he is currently making is a successful one, though, as there is no doubting he would be a useful weapon for West Ham if fit.

The forward's bludgeoning style makes him a real threat to opposition defences, and Slaven Bilic will hope that his caution over bringing him back too early pays dividends. 

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