West Ham confident Carroll will be fit for new season

West Ham have moved to ease concerns Andy Carroll is struggling for fitness ahead of the new Premier League season, ESPN has reported, as assistant manager Neil McDonald spoke with optimism over the England striker’s recovery from a heel injury.

Carroll spent last season on loan at Upton Park after falling out of favour at Liverpool, scoring seven goals in 24 games, and completed a permanent move from Anfield at the end of the season. But the centre-forward suffered an injury in one of the Hammers’ last games of last season and is still making his way back to full health.

McDonald insists, however, that Carroll is proceeding in his recovery. “He is well under way in his rehab, he is working hard on the training ground and we just have to be a little bit patient,” Sam Allardyce’s No. 2 said. “The injury that he has is quite extensive and it takes time for the body to heal itself. He is doing everything he can to push on.

He has been working really hard and there is still plenty of time for him to get himself fit for the start of the season,” McDonald added.

McDonald also revealed that Carroll would not be the only new signing at the Boleyn Ground this summer, with the club attempting to add to the squad further, having already captured goalkeeper Adrian and defender Razvan Rat. “The manager and the hierarchy are working very hard behind the scenes to strengthen the team even more,” McDonald said. “If we can bring one or two others in to give competition for places we will be in a really good place come the 17th of August.

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