West Ham’s Andy Carroll says he is feeling good after completing his first 90 minutes since his eight-week lay-off.
The forward, who scored late in the game against Swansea to help West Ham take all three points at the weekend, told West Ham TV
“I’ve had eight weeks off and I’ve been working hard in the gym. So my fitness is still high and all the physios and backroom staff have been helping us a lot to keep fit in the gym when I couldn’t run. Obviously it showed with getting 90 minutes today.
“It felt good. Getting 20 minutes last week helped me get through the game today. We got three points and the goal, so it was great.
“It’s good for us getting the win and now having eight days to have a bit of a rest. It will be good for all the lads to get a rest in a rest now and hopefully get three points at the end of it.”
Carroll’s return from the hamstring injury which kept him sidelined came too late to see him included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the friendly against Brazil this week and West Ham manager Sam Allardyce added
“He wouldn’t have been considered (for the Brazil game). If Roy had have rang me up, I would have said ‘No chance.’
“We need to keep him with us. We don’t want him getting injured again but if he stays fit and keeps putting in top-class performances in the Premier League you get picked again don’t you?
“You can’t afford to be ignored.”
With West Ham’s co-chairman David Sullivan admitting that a fee had been agreed between West Ham and Carroll’s parent club Liverpool which will see the striker move to London permanently in the summer, Allardyce added
“I think it’s about Andy enjoying his football between now and the end of the season.
“Then he will ask himself ‘What have I achieved here this season?’ We just hope he has an injury-free 14 games and produces better form than he did today.
“If he can perform like that when he hasn’t played for nine weeks, then I am looking forward to seeing what he can produce when he is fully fit.”