With West Ham’s first match of the new season just two weeks away against Cardiff City, front man Andy Carroll wants to give his side a boost by being match fit for the showdown.
Andy Carroll joined the east London club after a successful one-year loan deal from Liverpool for a club record transfer fee.
The big forward has failed to play in any of the Hammers’ pre season games due to a niggling heel problem that has kept the Geordie sidelined since the end of last season.
Although Carroll has been working hard on his fitness level to get into top shape ahead of the coming season, he’s unlikely to be used by Sam Allardyce against Portuguese outfit F.C Paços de Ferreira at the Boleyn Ground next Saturday.
However, Andy Carroll, being the tough cookie that he is, is refusing to throw in the towel regarding being included in the squad for the first match of the season in two weeks time against newly promoted Bluebirds at the Boleyn Ground.
Talking to West Ham TV, Andy Carroll pointed out: “I’ve been working hard. I’ve been away to Germany with the lads and keeping myself as fit as I can with the work I can do with my heel still being sore.
“It’s been tough but I’ve been working hard to be back for the beginning of the season. I’m doing a lot of cardiovascular work to keep my fitness up without stressing my heel, which means going on the rowing machine and on the bike and doing all the things I don’t like, really!
I’ve been working hard, hopefully I’ll be back for the start of the season.”
“I couldn’t think of anything worse than being injured during pre-season. It’s painful to watch everyone else going out and having a laugh and me just doing one-on-one physio work in the gym. It’s a nightmare but I’ve just got to get myself fit and ready.” Carroll added.
It will certainly give the rest of the squad a boost having the big Geordie match fit for the start of the season. I could see him coming on in the second half against the Bluebirds and knocking one in with his head. What do you think?