West Ham’s injury prone pair Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere could be back in action soon, Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.
Pellegrini has told the club’s official website that Carroll is close to full fitness, while Wilshere will return to training during the break.
Carroll has not featured at all this season. The 29-year-old striker is out of contract at the end of the season and he will need to impress to earn himself a new deal.
Wilshere, meanwhile, joined from Arsenal in the summer but was injured after just four games.
Pellegrini’s injury update
Pellegrini confirmed that there was positive news on the injury front for a change.
He told the club’s official website: “Andy is close to playing again. At the start of last week he started working a little bit with the squad, not 100%, and he will work again this week.
“On Thursday we will play a friendly game and we’ll see if he can play some minutes, and I think in the second week of the international break Jack Wilshere will also be able to work with the squad.”
With plenty of injuries elsewhere, this could be a timely boost for the Hammers. But having seen Carroll flit in and out of fitness over the years, many West Ham fans are still pessimistic.
Below are some comments from West Ham fans about Carroll’s imminent return.
Where’s Wilshere? £160k a week for these 2 crooks! Plus Chicarito that’s £300k a week on utter garbage. Yet we pay Rice £3k a week?? The club needs proper direction..hard to achieve unity with such an out of sync policy. The Nasri potential signing beggars belief!
— Joe Ashley ⚒ (@realjoeashley) November 12, 2018
He must be the highest paid player per time played. You wouldn't mind his sick pay
— Amandeep Stevens (@dilemma1979) November 12, 2018
6 months left and counting. Please don't give him another contract.
— Freddies shears (@thatlldopigthat) November 12, 2018
Which also means he’s close to getting injured again…
— Graham Daubney (@GrahamDaubney) November 12, 2018
Lol he is always close to playing maybe he will be fit in the year 2030 😂
— stephen hunt (@stephenhunt5) November 12, 2018
“Andy out for the next three months” … “Andy out for the rest of the season” … “Andy awarded new contract”
— WestHamFanTone (@WestHamFanTone) November 12, 2018
With Carroll back we should have a more varied attacking force if he able to stay fit for the season. One can only hope.
— Mark O'Sullivan (@_sully_77) November 12, 2018
Can't wait for those 2 games he comes on as a sub, scores one equalizer late on and then gets injured for the rest of the season
— Matt Green (@Matt_Greenie) November 12, 2018