West Ham's Andy Carroll is delighted at his early return from a hamstring injury

Andy Carroll: Striker had to be reined in by medical staff after a swift recovery from injury.

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Andy Carroll is delighted with his return to action from injury that came much sooner than expected.

The striker was thought be have been ruled out for around six weeks when he strained a hamstring in his first match for West Ham after moving to Upton Park on loan from Liverpool.

But his 18-minute cameo against QPR on Monday night came around two weeks ahead of schedule, and the England international has revealed he was desperate to get back in claret and blue.

"I have been dying to get back," he admitted.

"I was devastated when I got injured, but I've worked hard and I've been in the gym every day.

"I've only been out on the training pitch a handful of times since so it was great to be out there at Loftus Road playing football again.

"All the medical staff here are great and they have worked well with us. I've been over the moon with what I've been doing and obviously that has made for a speedy recovery.

"I had only trained a handful of times so it was touch-and-go, but all the staff have been great with me. I felt fine and obviously they wouldn't have risked me if I had any problems."

Carroll, who had made his presence felt in the 68 minutes he managed in the 3-0 win over Fulham on 1st September, says he had to be held back from making himself available even earlier.

He explained: "As soon as I stopped feeling the hamstring a week or two ago, I wanted to get back on the pitch, but they wouldn't let me because they told me it wasn't right.

"I've had to keep working on it and I've got it right. I'm absolutely fine."