Carroll's return came after two successful behind-closed-doors appearances at Chadwell Heath. The striker has naturally been 'champing at the bit' to make his first-team return, but he knows the medical staff were right to err on the cautious side.
"With me being active, that was more annoying than anything. Getting back in the gym, working hard, training and getting on the training pitch again is a great feeling, but getting out on the pitch again at Upton Park is even better."
Andy Carroll came within a whisker of scoring a late winner
"We have been playing really well and winning games we probably did not expect to. The crosses which have been coming in from out wide have been fantastic and the lads have been getting on the end of them.