Slaven Bilic has revealed that a change in Andy Carroll’s rehab programme has put him line for a return to action on Monday night.
An eight month absence with a knee injury – aggravated by a setback when rolling his ankle while pulling shoes on – looks to finally be at an end.
But the Hammers boss – quoted in The Mirror – said: “Is he in contention? It looks like he is good. We have changed his recovery and rehabilitation a little bit.
“A few times before straight after his injuries when he was ok he would train for a few days and then play straight away.
“However, with the nature of his size and the way he plays – he is not one to avoid tackles or escape challenges, he fights – he would get injured again. It’s psychological as much as anything.
“This time he has completed six weeks of let’s call it ‘pre-season’ and he looks very good in training.
“We are going to see if he selected. But probably.”