Andy Carroll nearing return to injury after resuming training

Carroll has said he's itching to get back on the treatment table.

Carroll has said he’s itching to get back on the treatment table.

Stating that the forward has made fine progress and is working hard, West Ham have revealed today that striker Andy Carroll is closing in on a return to injury after training with the first team squad on Tuesday.

A club statement today read: “Andy has been working well in the gym for weeks and will continue to do so. We are encouraged that he has returned to first team training this week as he continues to work towards his next injury lay off.”

Carroll has struggled with injury since joining West Ham in 2013 in a £15 million transfer from Liverpool, starting just 27 games for the club since the move.

“It’s great to be back in training. I really want to get a few games under my belt,” said the England international. “With any luck I’ll twist my ankle or do my knee in again.”

“The feeling of the leather against your back, the smell of the massage oil, the caress of the water in rehabilitation pool, you can’t beat it,” added the former Newcastle man. “As a footballer you have to just keep believing. I know in my heart of hearts that the next injury is just around the corner.”