England and West Ham striker Andy Carroll will not be rushed back to first-team action
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has said that he is in no hurry to bring Andy Carroll back during pre-season as he continues his battle to regain full fitness.
The Hammers’ record signing, who joined from Liverpool on a permanent basis in May, has been recovering from a heel injury.
Speaking after West Ham’s 2-1 victory against Colchester on Tuesday night, Allardyce said: ''Andy is still recovering. He has got four weeks or more to go before he starts full training.”
He also said that even if the 24-year-old does return to training before the Premier League season begins, he is unlikely to feature in either the opening weekend, or England’s fixture against Scotland on 14 August.
He said: ''If we are going to put our lads through six weeks of preparation and then Andy gets fit with two days to go, you would not expect us to play him, would you?''
The injury caused Carroll to miss England’s friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil, but his manager added his recovery is going well – which bodes well for Roy Hodgson and should put him in contention for England’s crucial Autumn World Cup qualifiers.
“His rehab is going pretty well at the moment and will be joining us in Germany, and hopefully he will be available as quickly as possible," the West Ham manager said.
"I hope it will be before September, but being fit and being ready to play are two different things,” he added.
After recording four straight pre-season wins so far, West Ham now travel to Germany to continue their pre-season schedule with games against FSV Mainz, Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig.