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The 24-year-old has not made an appearance this season due to a heel injury, while Sam Allardyce has revealed Ricardo Vaz Te is set to resume training

Sam Allardyce has revealed Andy Carroll is closing in on a return as West Ham's injury crisis shows signs of easing.

The striker has not featured for West Ham since completing a permanent move from Liverpool in June due to a heel injury.

Stewart Downing, Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Mladen Petric are also sidelined, but Allardyce remains optimistic ahead of his side’s fixture against Arsenal on Boxing Day.

"All the injuries are progressing very well. Andy is improving all the time and we expect him to be back among the lads very shortly,” said the West Ham manager.

"Vaz Te will be training shortly, Winston Reid is another few weeks away, but Kevin Nolan is back from his suspension."

West Ham have lost their last six games against Arsenal and Allardyce insists his players must be wary of Arsene Wenger’s charges.

He said on Tuesday: "Arsenal had a very tactical game last night [against Chelsea]. The lack of excitement in both boxes was probably down to the conditions.

"We got tumbled over twice by them last year, particularly at the Emirates, so we'll protect ourselves on Arsenal's abilities and then try to exploit their weaknesses."