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West Ham winger Downing: I came here to play with Carroll

Stewart Downing is eager to see West Ham United teammate Andy Carroll back in action.

Downing went south last summer specifically to link up again with his former Liverpool team-mate, only for West Ham's £15million record signing to miss the campaign with a foot injury.

"One of the reasons why I came here was to play with Andy," said Downing. "His strength is getting on the end of crosses and one of my strengths is crossing a ball.

"We look at it as a positive that he will hopefully be coming back in the next month. Then we have a hell of a player there and a target in the box to get on the end of crosses."

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