Andy Carroll had been 'dying to get back' to action with West Ham
Tuesday 02 October 2012
Andy Carroll admitted he had been “dying to get back” after his surprise return from a hamstring injury in West Ham's win at QPR.
Carroll played the final 18 minutes of the Hammers' 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Loftus Road last night, less than a month after it was feared he would be sidelined for six weeks.
That would have ruled him out of England's World Cup qualifying double-header against San Marino and Poland this month and the on-loan Liverpool striker was understandably delighted to be back sooner than expected.
Carroll, who suffered his injury on his debut, told West Ham TV: "I have been dying to get back.
"I was devastated when I got injured, but I've worked hard and I've been in the gym every day.
"I've only been out on the training pitch a handful of times since so it was great to be out there at Loftus Road playing football again.
"All the medical staff here are great and they have worked well with us. I've been over the moon with what I've been doing and obviously that has made for a speedy recovery.
"I had only trained a handful of times so it was touch-and-go, but all the staff have been great with me. I felt fine and obviously they wouldn't have risked me if I had any problems.
"As soon as I stopped feeling the hamstring a week or two ago, I wanted to get back on the pitch, but they wouldn't let me because they told me it wasn't right.
"I've had to keep working on it and I've got it right. I'm absolutely fine."
Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'
Latest in Sport
Anderlecht vs Arsenal match report: Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski pounce as Arsenal leave it late
Liverpool fans applaud Cristiano Ronaldo after master-class for Real Madrid, despite his Manchester United ties
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was shirt swapping the real reason?
- 1 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters