Andy Carroll has visited injury specialists in both Holland and Belgium to help cure his reoccurring footy injury that has kept him sidelined so far this season, according to the London Evening Standard.

West Ham were hoping that the powerful centre forward would be ready for a return against Southampton last weekend, but Carroll re-injured himself in training just days before the game. 

After speaking to experts in both countries, the former Liverpool striker has been told he can complete his recovery through rehab alone, and no operation will be necessary. 

He is already recovering and on the comeback trail, and it seems as though he will return to the Hammers squad before the New Year - a major boost for a Hammers side struggling to find the net as of late. 

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan admits he has missed the big man.

"Of course, you're going to miss him, no matter what, even if you're putting another international player in there," he told the Daily Star.

"I have played with Andy Carroll for a year and a half and we get goals. We are a force together and no-one can stop us."

"In my eyes, when we go on the field, I always feel either one of us is going to get a goal. It's something that I have got to learn to do with others and I have before."

Meanwhile, the Hammers could welcome back Joe Cole and new signing Stewart Downing for the visit of Everton this weekend. 

Mark Noble admits that West Ham need to up their performances, and the return of the two England internationals will only aid their cause. 

“Our last home game wasn’t the best, so it’s a good chance for us to get back to winning ways,” he said.

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