Last Updated: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:36
West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan says Andy Carroll will work his socks off to get back into the side as fast as possible.
Carroll is out with a heel injury - how long for could depend on various visits to specialists this week - which is a massive blow to the Hammers who have found goals difficult to come by in his absence.
Nolan says that right now Carroll is doing all he can to get himself back even though he is obviously disappointed to be missing the opening chunk of the season.
When asked how he was doing, Nolan told the Mirror: "He's okay. He's disappointed with the news and everything. We don't know quite how long he is going to be out for - we're hoping it is sooner rather than later - but one thing I would say is that he is working his socks off in the gym because he wants to be back quicker.
"He is missing playing because that's what he loves and what he lives for. Hopefully now he will just get his head down. We are all there to put our arms around him if he needs it but he is a big lad with big shoulders and hopefully we will see a lot more of him on the pitch in the coming months.
"I've not really spoken to him about England. I think it is just all about them getting fit, getting ready and getting back for West Ham because he I know if we get him fit, he'll score us goals.
"If he goes on a run like he did last year, he'll be in that squad."
Have you an opinion on this story? Put your money where your mouth is and claim a free £25 bet.