West Ham United are poised to get a significant injury boost ahead of their game against Manchester United on Sunday (27 November) after Slaven Bilic admitted that Andy Carroll could make the squad after returning to training earlier in the week.
The England international has played just once in the Premier League this season, which was their opening weekend loss to Chelsea. He has since been sidelined with a knee injury and his return to the squad will be a massive boost to the manager, who has seen his side struggle to win matches this campaign.
The Hammers have won just three of their 12 matches thus far and lost seven, which is just one less than they did during the entirety of last season. They are currently 17th on the league table and Bilic will hope that he can come in and make an impact straight away and help in their quest to move away from the relegation battle.
"He's been training with us for three days. He came back after a long injury and he's very close," Bilic said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"He could be in the squad. We're going to see, because we are not talking about two weeks of training. It has been this week, so we'll see.
"Last year, before he got injured, when he was fit he makes an impact on a game, no matter who you play against," the Croatian coach explained.
"It's very hard to play against him. The things he is giving us are great. But we've been talking about this since I came to West Ham."
West Ham will face United twice in the space of three days, as they also play them in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup. The Red Devils are facing a slight injury crisis with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling out injured and Carroll's presence could trouble Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, who are likely to again start at the heart of the defence on Sunday.