West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has wished Andy Carroll well with his fitness battle as he prepares to come face to face with his former striker this weekend.
As per Sky Sports, Pellegrini hopes Carroll, who he released from West Ham last summer, can get himself fit enough to help his new club Newcastle ahead of their trip to the London Stadium this weekend.
He said: “I hope he will be fit as he, like Winston Reid, is a player who has had many injuries, long injuries and they deserve to have a normal career.
“If he is on the bench, it will be one more difficult player that Newcastle will have. I think the fans will give him a good welcome. For different reasons, Andy couldn’t stay here. When you defend the shirt the fans applaud you so often, he will deserve the same respect.”
TBR’s View – West Ham were right to let Carroll leave
One of the themes of West Ham’s season has been their lack of back up for summer signing Sebastien Haller but that does not mean that letting Carroll leave was the wrong thing to do.
Carroll is yet to score in his second spell at Newcastle, and yet to even get himself fit on a consistent basis. He is currently sidelined, although Premier Injuries give him a chance of returning this weekend.
The way football works means that Carroll may well haunt West Ham tomorrow but over the course of the season, it’s best not to be paying his monster wages only to be let down by his output because he’s never fit.