West Ham United striker Andy Carroll is confident he will be ready for the start of the new season after working hard throughout the summer to recover from a knee injury.
Carroll has been sidelined since February after he picked up the injury during the 0-0 draw against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.
With most of his team-mates away on their summer holidays, the former Newcastle and Liverpool forward has stayed behind at the club's training ground to work on his recovery.
The England striker has recently resumed jogging and hopes to be back out on the training pitch kicking a ball in the near future.
West Ham start their Europa League campaign on 2 July and Carroll is excited to be working his way back to full fitness at just the right time.
Carroll said: “The injury is going well and I have pretty much been in every day working on it and strengthening the injury. I started jogging and it is all getting better.
“I have been in the gym a long time now and it is nice to be outside going for a jog and it felt great afterwards. Hopefully I can be back out there.
“I want to step it up again and start kicking a ball but I am glad to be outside and moving again.”