Andy Carroll could return for West Ham in “two or three weeks”

West Ham striker Andy Carroll could be back playing for the Londoners by the end of next month, according to ESPN.

“It’ll be another two to three weeks, if he has no niggles or problems, before we talk about playing him in the team at any level,” said West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.

“We’ll try to get him through three or four behind-closed-doors games and if that goes all right then we would hope to have him back. It’s been a long, hard road again for Andy and one he’s been too familiar with recently, sadly. Hopefully he’ll have a major impact when he comes back again.”

Andy Carroll has been out of action since the summer after an ankle ligament injury, but he will return to training before playing a host of U21 matches to get his match fitness back.

The England international was a key component of the West Ham side during his loan spell in 2012/13, scoring seven goals for the Hammers, but things went stale after signing a permanent deal with Sam Allardyce’s side the following summer, as injuries cut down his playing time.

This campaign, Carroll hasn’t kicked a ball, and has been replaced in attack by Diafra Sakho (5 goals) and Enner Valencia (2 goals), so he faces a difficult task to get himself back in the reckoning when he is fully fit.

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