West Ham United could have striker Andy Carroll back in its squad within the next two games, manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed.

The club-record signing has yet to feature this season after taking longer than first anticipated to heal from a problematic foot injury but the 25-year-old could be set to come back and help West Ham's battle against Premier League relegation.

Allardyce has struggled with injuries throughout his squad this campaign and had just 14 first-team players fit for the FA Cup third-round tie at Nottingham Forest, which the Championship side won 5-0.

Wednesday evening's (Thursday morning AEDT) Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg against Manchester City will come too soon for the former Liverpool forward, who scored seven goals during a loan spell at Upton Park last season, but the trip to Cardiff City this weekend could see Carroll return to the fold.