Andy Carroll is insisting privately that he can make the October 25 return predicted earlier this week.
The big striker is working hard and desperate to make the team for the clash against his hometown club Newcastle United on the 29th.
The website www.physioroom.com gave the 25th as the return date earlier this week before it mysteriously disappeared the next day.
And this morning a Hammers insider told Claretandhugh exclusively: “Speak to Andy and he will tell you he’ll be back for the 25th.
“Speak to the physios and medical staff and they will tell you it will be nearer the end of November.
“It’s likely to be somewhere between the two I’d imagine – perhaps Sunderland at the Stadium of Light but he is doing very well at the moment.”
This can only be good news for us I hope like all the faithfully hammer fans that he will come good and I believe he wants to be the best at our club and England still need a true English number 9 that put these tame hairy fairy number 5 in the world who can’t tackle something to worry about
…er right – pause for breath there – your heart says you hope he comes good but your head expects something else to go twang and for him to ‘disappear’ for another six months!
I believe that this time when Carroll comes back after another period of sickness he won’t be returning as some kind of saviour but merely as another striker trying to earn his place.
Whereas before we had no strikers to speak of, now we have potentially the makings of a very good attack with three very good strikers!
Carroll will now have to fight for his place and although I think his physical style of play will always make him more prone to injury , his loss will now not be as keenly felt as before.