By Harry Sykes
David Gold has taken to Twitter to reveal that Andy Carroll is on course to make his West Ham comeback against Chelsea next Monday.
The injury-prone striker has missed the club’s last two matches with a groin problem sustained in the club’s win at Southampton on 4 February.
But West Ham chairman Gold delivered the news that will delight supporters as he declared on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning that Carroll is “fit” and “training with the first-team squad”.
Gold stressed that the 28-year-old “should be available for selection” in Monday night’s Premier League showdown against Chelsea at the London Stadium.
Good morning everybody. Andy Carroll is fit and training with the first team squad and should be available for selection against Chelsea. dg pic.twitter.com/MPJozGE0HC
— David Gold (@davidgold) March 2, 2017
Carroll’s potential return would provide a welcome boost for Bilic as Michail Antonio is suspended for the London derby.
Carroll has scored six goals in 16 appearances, 12 of which have been starts, this season and all of his strikes have come in Premier League fixtures.
The former England international, who has not played for his country for four years, has been at the centre of reports in recent days about a mega-money move to China.
It has been said that three Chinese clubs held negotiations with Carroll about a transfer before Tuesday’s deadline but a deal could not be agreed in time.
In other West Ham transfer news, they are set to battle over a defensive wonderkid.