By Will Butcher

David Gold has revealed that he is unsure if striker Andy Carroll will return to full fitness in time to face Tottenham on Friday night.

The West Ham striker has been sidelined with a groin injury that has seen the 28-year-old miss the Hammers’ last two matches against Everton and Stoke.

Hammers co-owner Gold replied to a fan on his personal Twitter account, stating that he “wish he could state with certainty” if the target man could return to face Spurs in five days’ time.

The news will come as a big boost to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, as they look for any advantage to claw in Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.

Carroll is known for his constant battles with injury and has once again been blighted with problems throughout the 2016-17 season at the London Stadium.

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Scoring seven league goals this season in 18 league games, the England international is Slaven Bilic’s second top scorer in England’s top flight and would pose a huge threat aerially on Friday if he does return.

Spurs will be hoping for a repeat of their 3-2 victory at White Hart Lane back in November, that saw Harry Winks and a brace from Harry Kane snatch a late victory against their London rivals.

In other Tottenham news, Stan Collymore believes Pochettino must strenghthen these two areas of his side.

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