Report: This key West Ham pair should return at weekend

Andy Carroll and Winston Reid are likely to make their comeback from injury against Sunderland on Saturday.

West Ham United have been handed a boost ahead of Saturday's Premier League encounter with the news that striker Andy Carroll and defender Winston Reid should be fit to return to the side, according to the Chronicle.

Former Newcastle United striker Carroll missed the Hammers' FA Cup thrashing of Championship side Blackburn Rovers this weekend with a slight groin complaint, but should return to ease Slaven Bilic's striker crisis.

The Croatian boss has been unable to call upon Diafra Sakho since November due to the Senegalese's thigh injury, although the striker is thought to be nearing a return, whilst Enner Valencia is rated as a doubt for the upcoming Upton Park clash because of an ankle knock.

January signing Emmannuel Emenike scored twice on his first start for the club in the cup win, but being able to welcome Carroll back would be a huge bonus for Bilic.

Meanwhile, Reid has missed the Irons' last two matches with a hamstring injury, but the Chronicle claims that after the defender rejoined first-team training earlier this week he could well be fit enough to play some part on Saturday.

Both players have already been kept on the sidelines for spells of this season, with former Liverpool striker Carroll not making his first appearance of the season until mid-September and Reid playing just one game each month in October and December.

A run of prolonged fitness would certainly help Bilic's side in their quest to secure a European spot, with the Hammers currently in seventh position in the Premier League table, just one point off a guaranteed Europa League place. 

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