Andy Carroll Could Still Make Blackpool Game

Andy Carroll is still carrying his ankle injury, which forced him to withdraw from international duty for the England Under-21 side, in their qualifying games for the European U21 tournament finals next year.

Andy Carroll – still recovering from injury

Chris Hughton is usually very good in handling injuries and wants to ensure Carroll has fully recovered from the ankle injury, before he starts training again on Tyneside.

Hughton told the Evening  Chronicle today:

“He’s doing OK, but he still hasn’t trained. We have to make sure he is rid of the problem.”

“When it happened before the Wolves game he didn’t train for five days. And there was still a lot of swelling afterwards.”

“We’re confident he’ll be OK for Blackpool, but as always we’ll continue to assess his fitness throughout the week.”

As we mentioned earlier this morning, Hughton has pulled Nile Ranger out of the Reserve squad for the game against Liverpool tonight, just as a precaution.

Nile has been in great form recently, and may even get some games for the Newcastle first team soon.

The England U21 side, in Carroll’s absence, had a good win on Friday night at Portugal, and are now in contention for a place in the play-offs,  if they can beat Lithuania tonight at Colchester.

But England can only qualify as one of the four best-placed runners up, after Greece clinched top spot in England’s Group 9, with a 2-1 win over Macedonia on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Mr Books

    Sep 7, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    If Carroll isn’t fit I think CH will start with Strolla with Ranger on he Bench. I’ like to see Ranger get some game time though, He migh not score as much as strolla (although hopefully that’s a side of his game he’s improved) but he doesn’t give up possession as easily.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 7, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #2

    I Carroll is not fit then I would like to see:

    ************* Harper
    Perch **** Collo ** Willo *** Enrique

    ************** Tiote

    Ben Arfa ******Barton*******Jonas



    Krul, Sol, Routledge, Raylor, Smith, Ranger, Stolla

  • sweendog

    Sep 7, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #3

    NUFC_Richyg01 .. think this is is too big a game to change players around .. stick with same as Villa and change after we’re 2-0 (hopefully) then get Arfa and Tiote their chance to show what they’ve got..

  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 7, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    sweendog: thats the problem! we cant have the same team as against Villa if Carroll’s injured

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 7, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Carroll won’t be injured!

    It was so obvious that his ‘injury’ was bigged up so he wouldn’t get a clearly very minor injury worse.

    He played 80 minutes against a dirty Wolves team with it and will have had 2 weeks to recover, so unless he’s had a brick dropped on it every day since I can almost guarantee he’ll be fine

  • sweendog

    Sep 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Howay The Lads .. agreed .. do hope all this carroll stuff is precautionary .. would be good to see ranger, Arfa and Tiote get a run out with a 2-0 win .. that’d be a good weekend. ..

  • slazberger

    Sep 7, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #7

    i know theirs internationals on but thought some of you may be interested in this at least until the internationals start anyway. sols in the squad again

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 7, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #8

    The way those little “rug rat” defenders kick at Carroll, he should make a style and health statement and have some high top boots custom made for his use. They would not slow him down as much as cleat bruises, and he sure could earn some big endorsement money if thery catch on.

  • saroof

    Sep 7, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #9

    slazberger…what is the password?

  • slazberger

    Sep 7, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #10


  • slazberger

    Sep 7, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #11

    just scored a pen, airey put it away

  • saroof

    Sep 7, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #12

    thnx slaz!!!!!

  • TheToonKing

    Sep 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Sodeberg is pretty good…

  • baro

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Dam it! I should of logged in on this blog earlier today to see the reserves game. CraPPPPP

  • baro

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyways I think Carroll will be fully fit for the Blackpool game on Saturday. We really need him. Our best player and go to guy.

  • baro

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #16





    Ben Arfa————————————–Jonas


    2nd Half





    Ben Arfa—————————————Jonas


  • baro

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #17

    I just can’t wait for Danny Guthrie to come back. He basically set up all our goals last year with his beauty set pieces to Andy Carroll. Danny Guthrie just kept improving every game, and is still just a young lad. Keeps his head up and hopefully will carry his excellent form from last year into this year. A crucial player for us.

  • burnsie

    Sep 7, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #18

    agree with u lad. guthrie is a very talented and in my eyes underated player for us. he would be a starter for pretty much every team outside the top 6 or 7. only just turned 23 aswell. got another ten years to perfect his game.

  • madman67

    Sep 7, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #19

    went to reserves game tonight nd was canny game, best thing was tho was it cost nowt to get in…the few reserve games ive been to have been free even at sjp. grt way to take a young un to a match…nxt game v chelsea at sjp, for those on a tight budget good way to support the club 😉

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 7, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Yeah, Madman. They’re all free at home 😀

  • Brutooon

    Sep 8, 2010 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Agreed with you that Guthrie is one of our good performer, still at a young age (23 yrs if i m not mistaken). But the problem with CH that he prefer Smith than Guthrie, guthrie can pass the ball all round (xabi alonso type).

    Ben Arfa to start at Blackpool!

  • Thump

    Sep 8, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #22

    They aren’t all free. I’ve paid once or twice for a reserve game (usually a few quid for both, nowt that’ll break the bank), although admittedly the last I went to was NUFC vs MCFC at SJP and that was £3 adults, £1.50 kids (I think?).

    Canny game, like!

  • Thump

    Sep 8, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Also I’m still having difficulty believing Ben Arfa is now an NUFC player… maybe once I see him in the black and white it’ll hit home 😀

  • WesJameson

    Sep 8, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #24

    @ Thump // Sep 8, 2010 at 1:44 AM


    Agreed mate, I just hope he realises his full potential at NUFC, i also hope he stays with us for a good few seasons, i can think of a lot of heartache, i went through when we sold beardo and ginola, gazza, cole………..ETC ETC ETC

    PLS Hatem stay with us Lad!!!

  • craigcoozy

    Sep 8, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Guys, sorry if this is old news am in magluff so hav been out loop, player from ivory coast is jetting into newcastle in 2days 2 sign for us. Dont knw his name so cant help their!

  • sweendog

    Sep 8, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #26

    I heard it was drogba .. 🙂

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 8, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #27

    The transfer window is shut??????
    Are their any decent free agents from ivory Coast? I very much doubt it, and do we really need to add to what we got with potential has beens?

  • nufc1984

    Sep 8, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Only player who’s Ivorian and on list of free players on Pfa website is a kid called yann ekra. Just Been released by hull though so doubt he would “fly” in to sign. He’s only 19 though so he might go into that development team that hoots has been on about.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 8, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Please tell me its true that Gerviho has just bought out his contract!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sweendog

    Sep 8, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #30

    I wouldn’t get carried away .. this is the WUM from .org..

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 8, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Hahahah I knaa, the muppet!!
    Hence the fabricated gervinho story.

  • sweendog

    Sep 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Angryman the Angry fan 🙂 .. yep Drogba and gervinho .. some striker force ..


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