Hammers striker on comeback trail

Hammers striker on comeback trail

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is approaching full fitness and he could be back for the trip to Crystal Palace on October 15.

The big striker has missed the last six weeks with injury, he picked up a knee problem in the Europa League tie against Astra Giurgiu in Romania, but he is closing in on a return and the hope is he will be back in time for the next match against Alan Pardew's men after the international break.

In his absence Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri have stepped in but neither have lived up to their billing and Slaven Bilic's side have struggled for goals so a returning Carroll would be a boost.

“My recovery is going well," Carroll told the club's official website. "I am working hard in the gym and everything is going well. Hopefully soon I will be back in action."