West Ham receive injury boost

Andy Carroll, West Ham UnitedAndy Carroll is set to make a miraculous return to action next week after defying West Ham medical staff, according to The Daily Mail.

The England international forward was substituted in his debut for the Hammers, and it was revealed that he has suffered a hamstring strain.

The burly forward was expected to be on the sidelines for up to six weeks, but Carroll has responded to rehabilitation better than expected, despite only picking up the ailment 12 days ago.

Carroll has reportedly targeted a return to action in West Ham’s game against Sunderland at Upton Park a week on Saturday, in what would be a massive boost for the newly-promoted side.

Carroll played a part in all three goals in the 3-0 win over Fulham on his debut, and has a point to prove after being frozen out by Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

Roy Hodgson will also welcome Carroll’s return as England are short of options up front due to Wayne Rooney’s injury.