West Ham midfielder Matthew Jarvis has backed Andy Carroll to come back stronger from his injury ordeal.
Carroll is expected to be ruled out until the early part of 2014 after suffering a similar injury to the one that kept him out throughout the summer.
The England striker had the setback on his first day returning to full training and now could miss half of the Hammers' season.
However, fellow England international Jarvis has backed the injury prone Carroll.
He told the West Ham official website: "For Andy, it is frustrating as you are working so hard to get over an injury and sometimes there are other niggles and things you pick up whilst you are doing this. Andy is a strong character and will continue to work as hard as he has been doing already to be back as soon as."
The Upton Park outfit moved quickly following the injury to their £15 million record summer signing from Liverpool.
They bought in former Fulham striker Mladen Petric who has been a free-agent since his relase from the Cottagers and Jarvis believes that Petric can be of use to manager Sam Allardyce.
""Mladen is a good addition to the squad and that is what it is about, having a squad as when you have injuries and everything, others have to step up and play their part." He continued.
The Hammers have had a mixed start to the season with a win, draw and disappointing loss to Stoke City at home.
This weekend they take on Southampton, who were promoted with West Ham two seasons ago and who have made the exact same start this time around.
However, Jarvis is confident of success: "They are a good team and pass the ball well, but we are in confident mood. We were very disappointed in losing to Stoke in our last game, a result I think was a blip for us but something we want to get out of the system."
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