West Ham's Andy Carroll eager to shine with a full pre-season behind him

West Ham's Andy Carroll

The Hammers frontman has been plagued by injury in recent years.

West Ham's Andy CarrollWest Ham's Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll has spoken of his excitement ahead of the new campaign, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The 27-year old has suffered extensively with injuries in the past but has returned to fitness and is excited to begin a new season will a full summer of preparation behind him.

“I can’t wait [for the start of the season],” said Carroll. "It’s been a long time since I had a pre-season, so I’m really looking forward to starting the new season and before that the Europa League game that’s coming up.

West Ham's Andy Carroll in action with Swansea City's Federico FernandezWest Ham's Andy Carroll in action with Swansea City's Federico Fernandez

“I felt strong at the end of last season. I was injured for a bit at the start, but I came back and felt good. I scored some goals, was involved in important games and just want to carry that on this year.

“I’m feeling good. Coming out to Austria and getting myself fit is important. I might miss a couple of games in pre-season just to keep myself fresh and not rush into things, but I’m looking forward to it.”

West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher in action with West Ham United's Andy CarrollWest Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll

The former England international has failed to stay fit for long enough to fulfill his early potential but his form towards the back-end of the last campaign will have Hammers fans optimistic about his prospects.

Carroll managed nine goals in 32 appearances last season – a strong return considering many of those outings came from the bench – and has kept himself firmly in Slaven Bilic’s plans.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

He featured in West Ham’s first two pre-season friendlies against Seattle Sounders and Carolina Railhawks – scoring in the latter – but has since been rested so far during the club’s Austria tour.

This has prompted speculation that he is nursing an injury, with the Express reporting that he could face up to two weeks out with a groin strain, in what would be a major blow for the Hammers ahead of their upcoming Europa League qualifier.

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