West Ham’s Andy Carroll wonders why his parents gave him a birthday card with a horse on it!

“Our record signing Andy Carroll continues to make good progress following his return to first-team training and he should be back on the pitch very soon…Trust us, Andy Carroll is desperate to play and is ready to do his bit for the team and we are confident that the return of all of our injured players will lead to an upturn in our fortunes.” – The open letter from West Ham’s owners in support of Sam Allardyce yesterday.

Andy Carroll may be under pressure to return from injury quickly to help West Ham and their battle against relegation but he did have something to celebrate yesterday.

The West Ham striker turned 25 on Monday, January 6 and posted an Instagram picture of the birthday card he received from his parents.

Carroll tagged the picture with the following line: “Yes this is the birthday card I got from my parents!!!! #unnecessary #horse”