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.