Andy Carroll is set to make his return for West Ham United after spending eight months on the sidelines due to a knee injury.
West Ham takes on Carroll’s former club Newcastle on Monday at the Boleyn Ground in East London. Manager Slaven Bilic admitted that the 26-year-old striker could make his first appearance since February when he suffered a knee injury.
“Is he in contention?’ Bilic said to The Daily Mail. “It looks like he is good. We have changed his recovery and rehabilitation a little bit.
“A few times before straight after his injuries when he was OK he would train for a few days and then play straight away.
“However, with the nature of his size and the way he plays – he is not one to avoid tackles or escape challenges, he fights – he would get injured again. It’s psychological as much as anything.”
Carroll scored five goals in 12 league games for West Ham last season. Bilic believes that this time around, his striker will be fight for fight.
“This time he has completed six weeks of let’s call it ‘pre-season’ and he looks very good in training,” Bilic said. “We are going to see if he selected. But probably.”
Carroll joined West Ham in 2012 on loan from Liverpool, and the deal was made permanent after the season. He’s scored 14 league goals in 51 games for West Ham.
West Ham has opened the season with two wins and two losses. The two wins has come against big teams in Arsenal and Liverpool with West Ham winning both games 3-0.