Psychological help puts Andy Carroll in frame to face Newcastle

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic says Andy Carroll is in contention to face former side Newcastle United on Monday night after overcoming physical and psychologiacl issues around his injuries.

The big striker, who left Tyneside for Liverpool in a £35million move five years ago, has struggled with his fitness in recent seasons.

Carroll has not played since February after a knee problem, but Hammers boss Bilic has revealed a new rehabilitation regime for his hitman means he is finally ready to return to action.

Bilic said: “Is he in contention? It looks like he is good. We have changed his recovery and rehabilitation a little bit.

“A few times before straight after his injuries when he was ok he would train for a few days and then play straight away.

“However, with the nature of his size and the way he plays – he is not one to avoid tackles or escape challenges, he fights – he would get injured again.

“It’s psychological as much as anything. This time he has completed six weeks of let’s call it ‘pre-season’ and he looks very good in training.

“We are going to see if he selected. But probably.”