By Harvey Byrne

West Ham co-owner David Gold has told that striker Andy Carroll is still not training wit the first team the club’s season opener against Manchester United coming up on August 13.

The 28-year-old frontman has suffered largely with injuries in recent seasons and his last appearance for the Hammers came back in April in a 2-2 draw against Sunderland.

He would have been hoping to make his return ahead of the new 2017-18 campaign with the club also moving to bring in forward Javier Hernandez, who could take Carroll’s place in the starting line-up.

However, it looks like the nine-time capped England international is still set to stay on the sidelines with Gold revealing on his personal Twitter account on Saturday morning that Carroll is only able to work with the physios at this moment in time.

Carroll was once West Ham’s club-record signing, joining for a fee of £15million in the summer of 2013 after an initial loan spell from Liverpool.

He had soon become a standout player for the Hammers and his power in the attack has helped him to 30 goals in 114 appearances in total for the east London side.

However, recent seasons have seen him spend more time on the sidelines than on the pitch and last season he played just 18 Premier League matches, returning seven goals.

Carroll still has two years remaining on his contract and he will be looking to return to full fitness soon.

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