Hammers boosted by Carroll return.
BREAKING: Andy Carroll back in first team training at West Ham for the first time since May #whufc
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West Ham’s beleaguered boss Sam Allardyce has been boosted by the return to training of record-signing Andy Carroll, according to The Daily Mail Online.
The former Liverpool striker has not played a single minute of football for the Hammers since arriving from Anfield for £15m in the summer.
Carroll suffered a heel injury in May and the East London club have struggled in his absence, scoring just 19 league goals in 20 matches and slipping to 19th after a win of seven games without a win.
Allardyce held crisis talks with directors on Thursday but has remained in a job – for now – and the former Newcastle United and Bolton boss will be delighted to see his star forward return.
The Hammers have occasionally opted to play without a recognised striker this season and were forced to re-sign Carlton Cole in the summer, having previously released the forward, after bids for the likes of Demba Ba and Marko Arnautovic failed.
West Ham have been linked with January moves for Everton’s Nikica Jelavic and former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan.