West Ham record signing Andy Carroll could return to action within the next two games after recovering from a double fracture in his right foot, says manager Sam Allardyce.

Carroll, who became West Ham's record signing over the summer after his loan move from Liverpool became permanent for a fee of £15million, has not yet played for the Hammers due to a long standing injury, to the extent that co-owner David Sullivan said that West Ham would not have signed Carroll had they known more about the magnitude of the injury.

However, it looks like he will finally return to action soon, with Allardyce saying:

"Andy is training today. Hopefully we'll see him on the bench in the next week or so."

Carroll's return will be a welcome one for West Ham. The Hammers have scored just 19 times in 20 league games this season. They sit second from bottom in the table having won just once in their last 13 games.

However, West Ham owners Gold and Sullivan have emphasised their support for under pressure Allardyce, and the West Ham manager was glad to receive that backing, saying:

"I'm obviously pleased by the united front we are trying to keep under these difficult times at the moment.

"When it comes public from the co-chairmen it is nice to see and hear. From our point of view we are all understanding the difficult position we are in at the moment.

"We all have to work through it together in the hope that we turn it around in to a positive reaction in terms of our results.

"The day-to-day running of the football club is all I'm focused on.

"I keep in touch with the owners on a regular basis, it is a daily basis at the moment. I would be more worried if that communication went quiet."

Despite Carroll's return, West Ham are likely to go after another striker on a short-term deal, with Lacina Traore reportedly very close to joining West Ham on loan.

With Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga scoring just four league goals between them this season, Carroll and should he sign Lacina Traore will be relied upon to keep West Ham up for another season.

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