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West Ham duo Andy Carroll and Aaron Cresswell targeting returns against Watford

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Andy Carroll of West Ham United celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Middl
Image: Andy Carroll is hoping to prove his fitness ahead of West Ham's match against Watford

West Ham are hoping to have Andy Carroll and Aaron Cresswell available for their Premier League match away at Watford on February 25.

Forward Carroll missed the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion last Saturday because of a minor groin problem, while left-back Cresswell was withdrawn at half-time after suffering a dead leg.

Despite the injuries, both players travelled with the Hammers squad to Dubai for their five-day training camp and will continue to work on their fitness ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road.

Aaron Cresswell
Image: Aaron Cresswell is also looking to return for the game at Vicarage Road

"We got Andy fit enough to face Middlesbrough and then also to face Southampton, but the West Bromwich Albion game came too quick[ly] and Andy is now working towards the Watford game," West Ham's head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbroucke told the club's website.

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"Aaron Cresswell did not train for most of last week with an injury, trained on Friday and was made available for selection on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, he took another knock which took him out of the game at half-time, so we will see how he progresses over the next few days. We anticipate that he will be available to face Watford."

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West Ham have been boosted by the return of Arthur Masuaku to full training following a knee injury, while fellow defenders Havard Nordtveit, Sam Byram and Alvaro Arbeloa are also back to full fitness.

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