According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Ham are hoping to have Andy Carroll back from injury before Christmas in what should be a boost for David Moyes as he looks to steer the Hammers away from danger.
Carroll has not featured for the Irons since their 1-1 draw with Leicester City last month, meaning that he has sat out the defeats to Everton and Manchester City that have left Moyes' men second bottom in the Premier League three points off safety.
The Daily Mail reports that the 28-year-old is yet to return to first-team training, but West Ham do not believe the injury to be a long-term problem and are confident that he will be back playing before Christmas.
Given that Carroll is still yet to return to training, it seems incredibly unlikely that he will feature in this weekend's clash with Chelsea at the London Stadium, and it may not be too great an assumption to guess that the Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal just a few days later will also come too soon for the former Liverpool man.
That would therefore, leave the league clash with Newcastle on the 23rd as the only remaining fixture before Christmas, so perhaps that may the game that Moyes has earmarked as being the one for Carroll to potentially make his return.
If he is back fit in time for the Arsenal clash, it surely makes sense for Moyes to rest him or give him a very short run out onto the pitch as there is no question that progress in the cup is almost insignificant when their league position is so precarious. And while Carroll has struggled this term, he is the kind of player who may be able to help drag the team away from danger if he can find some form.