West Ham United could have Andy Carroll available for Monday’s Premier League clash with Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.
Carroll has not represented the Hammers since picking up an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the early stages of 2018.
The 29-year-old returned to first-team training earlier this week, however, and has been tipped to play a part against Stoke on Monday night.
Carroll, who was linked with Chelsea in January, has only scored two Premier League goals during a disappointing season, and has been the subject of ridicule from West Ham fans throughout the campaign.
There is no question that the Englishman is a monster of a centre-forward on his day, but the West Ham fans are questioning how long it will be before he is back on the treatment table.
The Hammers are not quite out of the woods when it comes to the threat of relegation this season, and Carroll, who is valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, might well have a big part to play.
A selection of the Twitter reaction to the striker’s return can be seen below:
Looks like the skipper is happy to see Andy Carroll 🔙 in training! 😆 pic.twitter.com/S0mBwvrXPp
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) April 13, 2018
At least someone is
— Thea (@theawillsmore) April 13, 2018
Surprised he recognises him! 🤣
— JulieMerch68 (@JulieMerch68) April 13, 2018
Probably last about a week
— Joe Halford (@joe90halford) April 13, 2018
I doubt many of the supporters are.
Subject to a replacement
— ELVIS PRESLEY1 (@ELVISTHEPELVIS1) April 13, 2018
Laughing that he thinks he is fit enough
— WestHamFanTone (@WestHamFanTone) April 13, 2018
Carroll: oi Mark? I’m gonna get through 90 minutes on Monday
— Scott Haime (@scotthaime) April 13, 2018
— Dan (@dannwalker94) April 13, 2018
No he’s laughing because Carroll said he would be fit for 10 games on the trot
— Mark (@ElvinWestside) April 13, 2018
Noble's reaction when Carroll said he's going to contribute to the offense. Just get rid of him, already. Carroll is worthless.
— QuestionEverything (@naildrivermetal) April 13, 2018