Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Andy Carroll will be returning to first-team training next week after a long-term foot injury, according to the Daily Mail.
The former Liverpool striker hasn't featured for the Hammers yet this season, after spending a year on loan at the East London club from Liverpool; scoring seven goals and grabbing four assists in 24 games.
In 2013, West Ham decided to offer the Gateshead-born striker a six-year contract after a £15million fee was agreed with the Reds, but since he's signed, his foot injury has plagued his season.
But Big Sam stated that there are no further injuries to worry about.
"We don't have any further injuries from last week, as everyone is okay and getting ready for these two big games. We hope Andy will be back with us to start some training next week," he said.
This season, Allardyce's men have been struggling to score goals, as their only two main strikers; Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga, have both been unable to find the net.
All together the Hammers have scored nine goals in the league, having only won two matches. Their biggest win came against Tottenham away from home; winning the encounter 3-0.
But when it comes to getting Carroll back fit, Allardyce has confirmed that they don't want to rush anything, and take their time getting him back into the first team.
"It's tentative in our approach to it. We can't get over anxious and push him too hard. We need to get him fit to stay fit," he concluded.
West Ham have two London derbies coming up against Fulham and Crystal Palace, followed by encounters against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal in December.
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