Andy Carroll close to West Ham comeback after remarkable recovery from hamstring injury

Andy Carroll is in line for a shock return to action next week after stunning West Ham's medical staff with his response to treatment on his injured hamstring.

Manager Sam Allardyce feared his new on-loan striker would be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering the setback on his impressive debut against Fulham 12 days ago.

But Carroll is staging a remarkable recovery and West Ham's encounter with Sunderland at Upton Park on Saturday week has now been pencilled in as a possible comeback date.

It would be a huge boost to Allardyce, after England's most expensive footballer made such a positive impact against Fulham.

Carroll had a hand in all three of West Ham's goals in a 3-0 home victory against their London rivals.