Football - Carroll could return

Sam Allardyce will give Andy Carroll as much time as possible to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Cardiff.

West Ham's record signing has yet to play this season due to a foot injury but could play some part in south Wales as the Hammers look to improve on 19th place in the table.

Loanee Roger Johnson will make his league debut with fellow defenders James Collins (groin) and Winston Reid (ankle) still absent and Joey O'Brien sidelined after taking a knock in midweek. Captain Kevin Nolan is suspended and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) also misses out.