West Ham boosted as star striker tipped to return against Newcastle

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has hinted that Andy Carroll could be back in contention for a spot in his side when they face Newcastle United on Monday, according to reports from the Express.

The 26-year-old has suffered a number of injuries since his arrival at Upton Park back in 2013, with his latest setback being a recovery from a knee surgery.

He has been sidelined since February, but looks to have convinced Bilic that he is ready to return to action against his former club.

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“Is he in contention? It looks like he is good. We have changed his recovery and rehabilitation a little bit,” he said.

“It’s psychological as much as anything. This time he has completed six weeks of let’s call it ‘pre-season’ and he looks very good in training.

“We are going to see if he’s selected. But probably.”

During his time with the Magpies, Carroll was on great form, scoring a total of 31 goals from 80 appearances, earning himself a £35million move to Liverpool.

However, since his departure from St James’ Park, he has struggled to perform on a consistent basis for the Reds and he was eventually sold to the Hammers in a deal worth around the £15million region.

He only managed to feature 16 times in all competitions for his side last term, scoring five goals while providing a further three assists.