Andy Carroll returns to West Ham despite contract expiry
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Andy Carroll returns to West Ham despite contract expiry

Andy Carroll has returned to West Ham as he tries to revive his injury-plagued career; the former England star missed the majority of last season due to an ankle problem that eventually required surgery.

He was released by the Hammers earlier in the summer when his contract expired - but the East London club has opened their doors to the injury-stricken forward as a gesture of goodwill as he recovers from the problems that ruined his final season at the London Stadium.

Sportsmail understands there is no prospect of Carroll being handed a contract by West Ham but the club felt compelled to welcome former striker Carroll back to their Rush Green training ground to help him resurrect his career.

Focus

Carroll's main focus is completing his rehabilitation programme ahead of regaining full fitness as he looks to play again next season.

The former Liverpool man is still to find a new club following his release - with clubs in the USA understood to be keen on the target man.

Carroll scored 34 goals in 142 appearances for West Ham since arriving from Liverpool, initially on loan, in August 2012.

But his seven-year stay was plagued by injury problems, a key factor in the club's decision not to renew his contract.

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