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Assistant manager Neil McDonald has played down fears the striker is struggling as he battles to be fit before August 17 and revealed the club hope to further strengthen the squad

West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald is confident Andy Carroll will be fit for the start of the new season.

The England international completed a permanent move to Upton Park earlier in the summer after spending last season on loan from Liverpool, scoring seven league goals for the Hammers.

However, Carroll suffered a heel injury that has thrown his early season involvement into doubt, but McDonald is hopeful the 24-year-old can be ready in time for the Premier League curtain raiser.

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"He is well under way in his rehab, he is working hard on the training ground and we just have to be a little bit patient," McDonald told Sky Sports.

"The injury that he has is quite extensive and it takes time for the body to heal itself. He is doing everything he can to push on.

"He has been working really hard and there is still plenty of time for him to get himself fit for the start of the season."

McDonald has also revealed that West Ham still active in the transfer market and suggests two more players could be brought into the club before the start of the season.

He added: "The manager and the hierarchy are working very hard behind the scenes to strengthen the team even more.

"If we can bring one or two others in to give competition for places we will be in a really good place come August 17."

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