By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Andy Carroll is targeting West Ham’s London derby against Arsenal on October 6 for his comeback from injury, Goal.com has learned.
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The on-loan Liverpool striker was ruled out for a maximum of six weeks after a scan revealed on Tuesday that he suffered a grade two hamstring tear during his Hammers debut against Fulham at Upton Park last Saturday.
But sources have said that Carroll could return in four weeks if he responds well to compression treatment.
West Ham are optimistic that the 23-year-old will miss only the Premier League fixtures against Norwich City, Sunderland and QPR, and that he could play some part in the showpiece home match against Arsenal on October 6.
The derby takes place five weeks after he suffered a partial tear in his hamstring, the second most severe of the three grades of hamstring pulls.
He limped off after 68 minutes of what had been an encouraging debut for West Ham, causing huge problems to the Fulham defence as his new team coasted to a 3-0 win.
There is growing expectancy that Carroll, who only signed on a loan deal from Liverpool nine days ago, could return in time for England’s next World Cup qualifying double-header - at home to San Marino on October 12 and the trip to Poland four days later.