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Carroll looking forward after West Ham injury nightmare

West Ham striker Andy Carroll admits he wants to put the past few months behind him after finally returning from long term injury. The 25-year-old striker came off the bench to make his Hammers debut in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win at Cardiff after recovering from a foot injury having joined on a permanent basis from Liverpool in the summer.

"It has been a massive nightmare to be honest. I went off to Belgium and then to Holland, to fix it [the injury] but now I am feeling really good and all I want to do is play football," he told the club website.

"I just want to forget about the past months with the injury and just look forward to playing more football for West Ham. I can't stand being on the sidelines. It drives me crazy.

"I tried my best to try and get back to be fit. It was prolonged and I got injured again. So it was disappointing but I am back now so I am concentrating on getting match fit. It was really fantastic to be back out there on Saturday.

"Hopefully I get a few more minutes against Newcastle and we get a win this Saturday too. Yes of course it is nostalgic for me, it is my home town but I am just looking forward to it really, to play again.

"I am just over the moon about a game coming up as I have been out for too long, so it is fantastic to be back."

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