West Ham striker talks injuries and how they affect him

The Hammers star has endured a stop-start season, interrupted by multiple injuries.

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has told The Daily Telegraph about how hard he finds injuries to deal with and how they can induce depression.

The former Newcastle man scored a hat-trick in the Hammers' 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, and following a bout of injuries he seems somewhat back to his best.

He spoke exclusively to The Daily Telegraph and rubbished claims that he likes being injured and away from first team activities.

"A lot of people think that I actually want to be injured," he said. "The way people talk, 'Oh, he's injured again. Oh, he's doing this'. I certainly don't want to be injured. I know it's a job but it's my hobby as well. I want to be on the pitch playing football. I don't want to be sitting in the gym being annoyed or going home and watching football on TV."

Carroll's form of late has seen a clamour of support for his inclusion in England's Euro 2016 squad.

He would certainly provide a different option to those already available. His aerial abilities are second to none, and could be a useful asset at both ends of the pitch for England.

The Hammers marksman also spoke of how being away from the first team group and recovering from injury can affect him.

"I enjoy coming into training every day, being on the pitch with the lads, the banter," he said. "When you are sitting in the gym it really is depressing and puts you down. It is something that - fingers crossed - never happens again. It's the worst part of it."

West Ham take on Manchester United tonight in the FA Cup sixth round replay, and after Carroll's last performance he will surely be in the starting line-up.

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