Andy Carroll Fit Again For Cardiff Game


Good news this morning that 20 year-old Newcastle striker, Andy Carroll, will be fit for the trip to Cardiff City a week on Sunday.

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Andy Carroll – fit again – great


With the news that Shola Ameobi could be out a matter of months, it’s great to see Andy back in the fray.

And with Peter Lovenkrands having been signed yesterday on a free transfer it seems that Hughton will able to choose from Andy, Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands for the two striker positions, so that’s got to be good news.

That’s especially true after 18 year-old Ranger’s excellent second half performance last Monday night, when he got rave reviews – at least from the TV commentators, who thought he was man of  the match.

Chris Hughton said today:

“Andy will be back for Cardiff,”

“He had a good start to the season before picking up a slight groin problem so we’re pleased to have him back.”

And with Coloccini hopefully available for the Cardiff game after his Argentine World Cup exploits, Newcastle can field their best back four on Sunday of Simpson, Colccini, Taylor and Enrique.

That’s some defense to have in the Championship, and they’ve started well with 4 clean sheets in a row in the league.

While Argentine International Gutierrez is injured, Hughton will still have plenty of midfielders to choose from in Ryan Taylor, Butt, Smith, Barton, Nolan, Guthrie and Geremi – so our bench should be a lot stronger than it was on Monday night.

Apart from Ameobi and Gutierrez we seem to be fairly OK on the injury front.

But since our squad is still threadbare and we always seems to have crippling injuries each season,  we have to hope Chis has introduced procedures to keep the injuries down, like ice baths as we mentioned yesterday.

It could be that the extent of our injuries this season could determine if we get promoted or not, and that’s one reason we  were hoping to get more players in yesterday

Comments welcome.



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24 comments so far

  • Big Dave

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    1st for Cooldj ?

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  • alkinou

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #2

    “It could be that the extent of our injuries this season could determine if we get promoted or not, and that’s one reason we were hoping to get more players in yesterday”
    It’s exactly that if we manage to only have one or two players injured at the same time, it will allow us to field a strong team and it will maybe also make us give our youngsters a chance.

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  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #3

    good and him and Lovenkrands up front gives us balance and am not so sure cardiff are all that in defense…………

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  • dougnufc

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #4

    peter lovenkrands and carroll to score against cardiff!!1

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    the problems are plain to see Ashley is trying to run a 100million business on luck, any one gowing to business school quickly learn to plan, like the thread about Murphy’s law, i am in total agreement about the financial aspects of the club. but we should have purchased some good young players, in the hope we get promoted, yes it would have required Ashley to put the money up, but its his company, the rewards for success are massive, the cost of failure is a downward spiral. Ashley is trying a business plan i have never heard being successful. he was supposed to have a plan in place in case we were relegated, & we found out what it was, sell the club, well try anyway. and any hope anyone might have of being a success because platini want to stop teams with large debt playing in the champions league, well that will only happen if the g12 clubs give it the OK. well that’s bound to happen because these are the 12 teams with most of the debt. Ashley claimed plan was a great one the problems he has not followed it.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    at least some good news today the Preston game’s on the telly.

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  • Elfy_Toon

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Wouldnt risk using carrol against cardiff, start with mcloven and ranger and sub him on for ranger after 60 mins or so let him ease back into it after being injured rather than throwing him str8 back in, specially against cardiff!
    if we can kee injuries to no more than 2/3 at a time we should b alright for automatic promotion 😀

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  • Rodzilla

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #8

    ….an I still not allowed to post?

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Where’s TakeoverNews?

    We only ever hear from him before the Chronicle run a story about it.

    mmmmm…

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Play McLoven on the wing, Andy and Ranger up front. We may have loads of midfielders, but apart from Geremi (ick) we have not one senior, fit winger!

    Still, Ed’s right – this is quite a squad to take to Cardiff. My team:

    ————–Harps (natch)
    Simpson – Colo – S.Taylor – Enrique
    R.Taylor – Smith – Lua Lua – McLoven
    ———–Ranger – Carroll

    That lot’ll rip the taffs a new hoop, I reckon.

    And yes, I know I’ve left out Barton. That’s because I think we do better with 11 players on the pitch and no assault charges.

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  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #11

    How’s about McLoven just behind the for two ala Terry Hibbet?

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  • Elfy_Toon

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #12

    whumpie would you really want to risk all our strikers at once? ranger mcloven and carrol are our only 3 we can really rely on atm with ameobi out(ha never thought id c the day!) wouldn it b better to put guthrie out there? or nolan in the center and lua lua on the wing

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  • Elfy_Toon

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    ——-Harper————
    simpson—collo—taylor—-enrique

    r.taylor—smith—nolan/guthrie—lua lua

    ——ranger—-carrol/mcloven

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  • baldynapper

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    My team for Cardiff:

    Harper

    Simpson Colo S.Taylor Enrique

    Smith

    R.Taylor Guthrie

    Nolan

    Ranger Loven

    Subs: Krul, Carroll, Barton, Lua Lua, Vuckic, Butt, Gerimi.

    But I think CH will stick with same team as against Leicester (except colo) with Loven & Carroll on the bench.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #15

    My team for Cardiff

    —————————–Harper———————-

    —–Simpson——–Colo——-STaylor—-Enrique

    —Guthrie——Nolan——-Smith—Lovenkrands

    ———————Ranger——-Carroll—————

    SUBS: MIN OFF ON

    65 DG RT
    70 KN JB
    85 PL KL

    DG=Danny Guthrie
    RT=Ryan Taylor
    KN=Kevin Nolan
    JB= Joey Barton
    KL= Kaz Lualua
    PL=Peter Loven

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Ooh – good points about Nolan and Guthrie. I’m liking any of the above.

    Isn’t it great to be looking forward to matches again??

    By the way, my local footie pub – the York Inn in Exmouth – has just put in an HD projector and an 8-f0ot screen. Gobsmackingly good.

    Oh, and £1.65 a pint for decent beer.

    Yay! Let’s all move to Devon!!

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Anybody else think Hughton’s been a dab hand tactically? I know the results speak for themselves, but I’ve not once seen a substitution or a player position and thought “what the hell are ye doin??”

    I’m seriously liking wor Chris right now.

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  • paoulo

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #18

    doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter

    just stop going to games and force ashely out !!!!

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  • paoulo

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #19

    andy carrol, gutirez, cardiff, which game is on sky…doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter doesnt matter

    just force ashley out stop attending games

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  • paoulo

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #20

    is it too complicated

    he is a business man, he is only here to screw as much money out of us as he can, if we dont give it to him he will be off.

    stop attending games

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Ok, paoulo – I’ll bite…

    Just what mechanism do you see which links reduced revenues to getting rid of Ashley?

    The main barrier to selling the club is that it’s just not a good financial bet right now. Putting the club further into the red will just make a sale LESS likely.

    Ashley can’t just walk out, he can only leave by selling.

    Right now I think you – and everyone – ought to just forget what’s going on off the pitch and enjoy what’s going on on it. This winning streak won’t last forever, so we should make the best of it.

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  • devonshier-mag

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #22

    whumpie i used to live in exeter and ive been in that same pub ur in lol(moved to plymouth now)

    my team…
    ————–——Harps
    Simpson – Colo – S.Taylor – Enrique
    R.Taylor – Smith – barton – jonas/mcloven
    ———–—–nolan – Carroll/mcloven

    is jonas fit to play idk??

    subs:krul,oh danny boy,kadar,ranger,vuckic,tozer,lua lua
    i hate to say it but im a pro manager too much time playing football manager =)

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #23

    devonshier-mag – you should take a pilgrimage back to Exmouth. The York is still dodgy as hell – awful karaoke during matches and people married to livestock – but it’s a brilliant place to watch a match now.

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  • Alex

    Sep 2, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Whumpie Your right m8 , the players seem to have switched off to everything going on off the pitch and look whats happend (a winning run of games) Its time the supporters did for the time being as well , let sget behind the squad and help carry them back to the prem .

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