West Ham co-chairman David Gold has issued a positive update on Andy Carroll’s fitness, ahead of a crucial end to the Premier League season.

The Hammers’ survival hopes have been significantly bolstered by a run of three games without defeat, with the latest match in that sequence coming in Saturday’s goalless draw with Everton.

However, Slaven Bilic’s side know they still have a lot of work to do, despite their seven-point advantage over the relegation zone, as they face difficult clashes with Stoke, Tottenham, Liverpool and Burnley to finish the season.

To secure positive results from those fixtures, West Ham will need their best players available and Andy Carroll’s role is important- especially with the influential Michail Antonio out for the remainder of the season.

Carroll missed Saturday’s draw with Everton after a reoccurrence of a groin injury in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland but Gold stated the club are hopeful he’ll return for this weekend’s match against Stoke.

Carroll is West Ham’s joint-second top-scorer in the Premier League this season with seven goals, last finding the net in the defeat to Hull City at the start of April.