West Ham boost as senior ace delivers fitness update ahead of Bournemouth clash
By Will Butcher
Andy Carroll has revealed that he came through Monday night’s clash against Chelsea unscathed, while lasting the entire 90 minutes.
The Hammers suffered a 2-1 loss to their rivals as Manuel Lanzini’s consolation came too late to worry the Blues, who had scored through in-form attacking duo Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
Returning from a groin injury against Chelsea, Carroll was upbeat about his fitness ahead of Saturday’s Premier League encounter against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
“I feel good,” Carroll told West Ham’s official website. “I was obviously a bit tired at the end as I only trained three or four times in the weeks before.
“To get 90 minutes was great and the groin’s fine.”
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Carroll, 28, has been key to the Hammers form this season, as his return from a long-term knee injury earlier in the season coincided with West Ham’s resurgent league form.
Languishing dangerously above the relegation zone earlier in the season, Slaven Bilic’s side now sit in a healthier 11th place with Carroll scoring four goals in his last five outings.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle forward will be hoping to add to that against Eddie Howe’s side this weekend, as he looks to add to his six goals this season.
With England boss Gareth Southgate also set to be keeping a close eye on proceedings ahead of England’s fixtures against Germany and Lithuania this month, Carroll will be desperate to continue his form and stay injury free.
A win against the Cherries in their own back yard could see West Ham climb to tenth in the Premier League, if Stoke lose to Manchester City on Wednesday night.
In other West Ham news, co-owner David Sullivan has identified the number of signings he wants to add in the summer.