All Whites star Winston Reid returns to English Premier League action this weekend - and his comeback couldn't be more timely for West Ham United.

The Hammers are buoyed by Reid and ace striker Andy Carroll being available for a key home clash against Sunderland on Sunday morning NZ time.

Chairman David Gold revealed the pair's return overnight.

Carroll suffered a groin problem in the 2-2 draw at Norwich City on February 13, while Reid picked up a hamstring strain in West Ham's last-minute FA Cup win over Liverpool four days earlier.


However, both players look set to return for the Hammers when they entertain their 19th-placed guests this weekend.

'Andy Carroll and Winston Reid should both be available for the Sunderland game,' Gold wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

Ahead of Saturday's encounter with second-bottom Sunderland, Slaven Bilic's side sit seventh in the table, a point behind the European qualifying places with 12 games left.

Sunderland, meanwhile, are just a point off safety following victory over Manchester United last Saturday.

The Black Cats manager, Sam Allardyce, makes his first return to Upton Park since being sacked by the Hammers last summer.