On 21 May 2013, West Ham made a £15 million move in order to permanently sign the former Liverpool player Andy Carroll but a heel injury has kept him unable to display the reason why West Ham splashed that amount of money.
In the last match of the past season the English forward sustained a heel injury which has kept him not able to play with West Ham in their last 9 matches.
Even though the injury has kept him away from the playing field, he remains optimistic about his future even stating his desire to play with England in the upcoming World Cup and try to play an important role for his national side.
“I’ve just got to get back and play for West Ham and score some goals and force myself back into the England squad,”
‘’I’m working hard every day and if I keep doing that then it shouldn’t be too much longer. I’ve kicked on a bit from when I first went over there. I was in a boot and on crutches, but it’s obviously feeling a lot better and I’m starting to do heavier work, rather than just balancing’’.
Having only scored 2 goals in 9 matches for England, it’s crucial that he makes a successful and complete recovery if he wants to secure the striker position in England’s squad as its currently being played by: Rooney, Sturridge and Welbeck as those are Roy Hodgson’s preferred choices.
West Ham’s coach Sam Allardyce already stated his desire for a swift recovery from Carroll and as soon as he is available, there is no doubt he will be added into his starting XI squad which is just what Carroll needs if he wants to get attention of Roy Hogdson and make a possible appearance in the 2014 World Cup.
West Ham United spent huge money on England international Andy Carroll to sign him from Liverpool on a permanent basis. The striker spent the last season on loan at Upton Park. Even though he did not score a bucket load of goals, he was extremely influential for the club in terms of the style of play. As a result, West Ham decided to spend around £ 15 million to sign him from Liverpool. The striker had cost the Merseyside club £ 35 million only two years ago, but he has been a major disappointment since making the move to Anfield.
He, however, has been showing signs of getting back to his former self during his time at West Ham. It looks like the striker may have to be content with making a first-team appearance for the hammers as their own player only in November. This is because Carroll is currently on the treatment table and manager Sam Allardyce does not expect him to be back until the season is a few weeks old. West Ham will be starting the new season with a home match against newly promoted Cardiff city. Sam Allardyce knows all about the enthusiasm within the newly promoted teams and reckons that this will be very tough match.
“Andy is making good progress and doing some running. We will look at things over the next week but considering where he is in his preparation, I would have thought that we’re looking more realistically at the match following the international break, which is Southampton away on September 15,” said the former Bolton and Newcastle United manager. West Ham do have options up front especially with the presence of Ravel Morrison. The youngster is still very raw, but he is regarded as one of the finest talents in English football right now.