Andy Carroll is expected to return to training in the next day or two, as he tries to win his battle to be fit for the Blackpool game this Saturday, as he recovers from his ankle injury.
Andy Carroll – let’s hope he’s fit for Saturday’s game
Andy has missed the England Under-21s’ European Championship qualifiers against Portugal and Lithuania, both games that England won, with a good 3-0 win against Lithuania last night at Colchester, meaning they qualify for the play-offs.
Carroll aggravated an ankle injury he had picked up in training, during the 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and there were some concerns about whether Andy was fit enough for that game, although he lasted 80 minutes and scored Newcastle’s equalizer before the ankle played up again.
But Hughton had withdrawn Nile Ranger from last night’s Reserve team game at Whitley Park, in which Liverpool twice came back to finally draw 2-2 with the young Newcastle side. Sol Campbell played for the 60 minutes that was planned.
Chris commented on the Carroll injury situation again today:
“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 okay for Blackpool, but as always we’ll continue to assess his fitness throughout the week.”
Andy has become an important player for Newcastle this season, and has so far been in sparkling form.
But of course it’s still early in the season, but we are hoping that the Gateshead-born 6’5″ striker can maintain the vast improvement he has shown over the last year.