West Ham have revealed they are confident striker Andy Carroll will be fit and ready to feature in the opening game of the season.
Carroll completed a permanent move to the east London club this summer after spending last year on loan from Liverpool.
The England international scored seven times in 24 appearances for the Hammers last term but suffered an injury to his heel a couple of games prior to the close of the campaign.
The 24-year-old has been working away from the rest of the squad during pre-season training to ensure he will be ready for the opening match against newly promoted Cardiff.
Assistant manager Neil McDonald admits that there was a worry the big striker would not be fit but his recovery looks to be on track.
McDonald said: “He is well under way in his rehab, he is working hard on the training ground and we just have to be a little bit patient.
“The injury that he has is quite extensive and it takes time for the body to heal itself. He is doing everything he can to push on.
“He has been working really hard and there is still plenty of time for him to get himself fit for the start of the season.