West Ham’s manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that Andy Carroll is still four weeks away from returning to training as he continues to recover from a heel injury which ruled him out at the end last season.
The forward, who completed a £15m to West Ham after spending the season there on loan, is expected to be ready for a competitive return in September along with George McCarthy.
Carroll will still travel to West Ham’s pre-season camp in Germany which will see the London side face Mainz and Hamburg before returning for the Premier League season opener against Cardiff on August 17th. He will not, however, take any part in the games.
Allardyce told the media
“Andy is still recovering. He has got four weeks or more to go before he starts full training. His rehab is going pretty well at the moment and will be joining us in Germany, and hopefully he will be available, as will George McCarthy, as quickly as possible.
“I hope it will be before (September) for both of them, but being fit and being ready to play are two different things – they may be fit from the injury, but they are unlikely to be capable of playing straight away.
“If we are going to put our lads through six weeks of preparation and then Andy gets fit with two days to go, you would not expect us to play him, would you?”
With England set to play World Cup qualifiers in September, it is hoped that Carroll will be fit to take part as he could be a key figure for England boss Roy Hodgson.by