Striker Andy Carroll will return for West Ham against QPR after hamstring injury
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed Andy Carroll is set to return from a hamstring injury in Monday's clash at QPR.
Last Updated: 01/10/12 7:50pm
Carroll, 23, has been sidelined for almost a month after limping out of his Hammers debut against Fulham.
The on-loan Liverpool man was expected to be out for around six weeks, but is now in line to play at Loftus Road after Allardyce revealed he has made a speedy recovery.
"He's going to be back tonight," Allardyce told talkSPORT on Monday afternoon.
Carroll's return will be a huge boost to the Hammers, who have failed to score on their Premier League travels this season despite sitting in the top half of the table.
And Allardyce, whose team could move up to fifth with a comprehensive win against QPR, admits their lack of cutting edge is a concern.
The east Londoners have netted five times in five matches, with three of their tally coming in the comfortable victory against Fulham.
"We do create chances home and away, obviously not as many away as at home, but our clinical side has been a bit lacking in terms of converting those chances at the right time," added the Hammers boss.
"The only time it really came to fruition was the Fulham game in the first half, where we banged in three of the five chances we had and the game was over.
"The rest of the time, home and away, we haven't been clinical enough converting chances into goals. That's a bit of a problem as the season goes on."
However, Allardyce's assistant Neil McDonald has warned the Hammers must not rush Carroll back into action too quickly.
"It will be a big blow if he comes back too early and injures himself as he's an important member of the squad," said McDonald.