Allardyce says former Liverpool and Newcastle striker back training

Sam Allardyce will be welcoming the fact that Andy Carroll is returning from injury and back in training

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has returned to training after a frustrating run of foot and ankle injuries during his time at Upton Park.

It will be a welcome return for both the player and the club as West Ham have found it pretty difficult in front of goal so far this season without their big striker – and Carroll has yet to play a game so far this season.

Sam Allardyce said ahead of his side’s game with Fulham tomorrow: ‘We expected him to be back two or three games into the season, and that hasn’t happened. We have to be tentative in our approach to it.

‘When Andy’s fit we’ve got to get him to stay fit. Having not played a game since last May, it will take some time to get him into a match-fitness situation. He’s done an awful lot of work, but that doesn’t include match fitness. He’s done an awful lot of work, but that doesn’t include match fitness, so it will take a while for him to get back up to speed.’

Carroll signed for West Ham permanently during the summer for a fee of around £15m having spent last season on loan at the club from Liverpool.

Last season he scored seven goals in 26 appearances and managed to provide four assists for the side.

Allardyce won’t have the striker as part of his squad tomorrow as his side go in search for a much needed three points against fellow early season strugglers, Fulham.

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