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Allardyce upbeat over return of West Ham forward Carroll

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says the club's record £15m signing Andy Carroll is near to a first-team return, reports BBC Sport. The 25 year old striker made his loan to the Hammers from Liverpool permanent in the summer but has not played since because of a foot injury.

"Andy is training today [Tuesday] and hopefully we'll see him on the bench in the next week or so," said Allardyce.

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