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West Ham Given Boost As Andy Carroll Nears Recovery From Long-Term Foot Injury

Englishman could be back in action sooner rather than later. 

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West Ham United front man Andy Carroll says that he is now approaching full fitness once again after his latest long injury layoff, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The some-time England international has endured a nightmare past six months after injuring his heel in the final game of the previous season.

However, after the Hammers had agreed to sign the massive striker from Liverpool last May on a permanent six-year deal for a club-record fee of £15 million, it had been hoped by both parties that this campaign would see Carroll finally regain full fitness.

But on the 24-year-old’s very first day back in training with the east London club, Carroll injured the very same heel again, resulting in what the medics term a double rupture of the plantar fascia in his right foot.

As a result, chairman David Sullivan and Carroll’s agent, Mark Curtis, both resolved to find “the best in the world” to treat the striker, which brought West Ham and Carroll to the attentiosn of 49-year-old Belgian physiotherapist Lieven Maesschalck, a man who has treated the likes of Kaka and Andriy Shevchenko in the past.

And now Carroll says that after weeks of hard work, he can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel: “The injury has been a bit of a nightmare. Apparently it’s not something you see too often in football. It’s more common in things like ballet. I’ve gotta say I’m not much of a dancer — although I’ll give it a good go. But that’s why we’re here.

“It was hard for anyone to know what to do but Lieven’s seen a few of these injuries so we decided it was the best place to be. I’ve been coming here for a few weeks. I fly out on a Sunday night and work from Monday morning until Saturday afternoon, just going back home for a night.

“I do three or four hours here and then go to the pool for deep-water running. I’m working very hard and I actually feel pretty fit.

“The rest of the time I’m just kicking around the hotel, although my kids have been out this week, which has been fun. We went to the zoo.”

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