Andy Carroll is reportedly desperate to complete his return to fitness before West Ham's first Premier League game against Cardiff City.
The England international, who made his move from Liverpool to West Ham permanent this summer, is recovering from an ankle injury that saw him initially not expected back until late August.
According to Sky Sports, Carroll is working hard to move his return date forward, in a bid to be fit for the Hammers' opening fixture.
"I've been away to Germany with the lads and keeping myself as fit as I can with the work I can still do with my heel still being sore," he said.
"It's been tough but I've been working hard to be back for the start of the season."
The 24-year-old played a large part of West Ham's season last term, whilst on loan from Liverpool. The move was made permanent for around £15 million earlier this summer, and Carroll is hoping for big things this year.
"Everyone is buzzing about and have come back in great form and great spirits, looking forward to the start of the season," Carroll said.
"They have been working hard over the summer and can't wait for the beginning.
"It is always important to get a win in the first game of the season."
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