West Ham striker Carroll to start on bench against QPR

The England forward is set to return to action at Loftus Road on Monday evening, having been out of action since an injury sustained in the Hammers' 3-0 win over Fulham
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Andy Carroll will be on the substitutes' bench for West Ham against QPR tonight, Goal.com has learned.

Manager Sam Allardyce revealed in a radio interview on Monday morning that the tall forward would make his comeback from a hamstring injury at Loftus Road.

However, Goal.com understands that Carroll will begin the match on the bench rather than in the starting line-up.

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The England international - on loan at the Hammers from Liverpool - has been sidelined with a hamstring tear for four weeks after suffering the injury on his West Ham debut against Fulham last month.

Allardyce told talkSPORT that the striker is back in his plans and will feature for the Hammers. "He's going to be back tonight," the Hammers boss disclosed.

Carroll was initially ruled out for a maximum of six weeks after a scan revealed that he had suffered a grade-two hamstring tear but he has made a quicker recovery than expecting after responding well to compression treatment.

The attacker limped off after 68 minutes of what had been a hugely encouraging debut for West Ham, causing serious problems to the Fulham defence as his new team coasted to a 3-0 win.