Andy Carroll has expressed his delight at making a quick return to action for West Ham against QPR earlier this week.
The on-loan Liverpool striker picked up a hamstring injury during his debut against Fulham last month and was told he should expect to be on the sidelines for at least six weeks.
But Carroll came off the bench to help West Ham record a 2-1 victory over QPR at Loftus Road in the Premier League on Monday night and he has thanked the Hammers medical staff for their good work.
He told West Ham TV: “I have been dying to get back. I was devastated when I got injured , but I’ve worked hard and I’ve been in the gym every day.
“All the medical staff here have been great and they have worked well with us. I felt fine and obviously they wouldn’t have risked me if I had any problems.”
Carroll is now hoping to be re-called to the England squad to face San Marino and Poland in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers later this month.
“I’ve only been out on the training pitch a handful of times since so it was great to be out there at Loftus Road playing football again,” he added.