A lot of talk about whether Andy Carroll would be involved against Newcastle United.

With Slaven Bilic admitting he’d been taking it slowly with the striker’s return from his latest injury.

The West Ham manager believing the former Newcastle striker had paid the price in the past for being rushed back before he was ready.

At his pre-match press conference he wouldn’t commit as to whether Carroll would make the squad to play Newcastle, only describing the chance of it happening as ‘probably’.

However, West Ham have used their Twitter account on Monday afternoon to confirm the following:

“BIG MAN IS BACK! Andy Carroll is in the Hammers squad for tonight’s clash with his first club.”

This is what Slaven Bilic had to say about Andy Carroll and his pre-match squad preparations for the Newcastle United match:

How excited are you by the return of Andy Carroll to training and is he in contention for Monday?

“We’ve changed a bit with his rehabilitation this time. A few times before, straight after the injury when he was ok he trained for a few days with the team and then played straight away. Then, because of his stature, size and everything, especially with the brave way he plays, another injury would come.

“This time we’ve made six weeks of let’s call it pre-season and he looks very good in training. Is he in contention? Probably.

“The one thing that I don’t like now, and it’s for every manager is that after the international breaks we still have some players who are going to return today or tomorrow after long trips. You still don’t have your squad, but at least we are playing on Monday. That’s good, because had it been tomorrow it’s a problem, but if you’re asking about the squad for Monday we still have to count all the players who will train together and that will be tomorrow.

Also well worth reading an article on The Mag earlier today by Sam Hepworth, examining just what has happened in the previous seven matches when Andy Carroll has faced Newcastle.