Andy Carroll is set to feature for West Ham United in the final few games of the Premier League season, after successfully recovering from an ​ankle injury he sustained against Spurs in a 1-1 draw at Wembley back in January.

 

According to the Mirror, the 29-year-old striker is expected to be named on the bench for the Hammers when they host relegation strugglers, Stoke City, at the London Stadium on Monday night.

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Carroll, who joined West Ham on a permanent deal in 2013, has made only 12 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring two goals, both of which were in a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on the 2nd of January.

 

Reports initially suggested that Carroll would be out for the rest of the season due to a hairline fracture on the ankle with the possibility of surgery. At the time, Carroll was also linked with a possible move to Chelsea, but the injury meant Chelsea withdrew their interest in him.

 

Despite Carroll's injury, David Moyes has relied on the qualities of 28-year-old Austrian striker, Marko Arnautovic, to lead the line of attack during a somewhat forgettable season for the Hammers. Arnautovic joined the London outfit last summer on a £20m deal and has scored nine goals in 25 matches so far this season. 

West Ham will head into the clash against Stoke on Monday as clear favourites after a strong performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. A 73rd minute equaliser by Javier Hernández earned West Ham a valuable draw, while Stoke slumped to their 18th defeat of the season on Saturday in a 2-1 loss at home against Spurs.


The last time the two teams met was on the 16th of December, a game which saw West Ham claim a comfortable 3-0 win at Stoke, thanks to goals from Mark Noble, Marko Arnautovic and Diafra Sakho.