News that the England doctors will assess Newcastle’s Andy Carroll groin injury this week.
Andy Carroll – to be assessed by England doctors
It seems that Andy picked up a groin injury in the game yesterday against Fulham, although it was hardly apparent during the game, but it now threatens to spoil his chances of making his England debut against France on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.
However, Newcastle have today confirmed that the player will report for duty at the England camp, and the England doctors will then decide whether he is fit to play on Wednesday night.
Just in case Carlton Cole, the West Ham striker has been called into the squad as cover for Carroll and also as possible cover for Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also seems to have picked up a knock against Manchester United yesterday.
Players often pick up knocks during games, which are then painful in the next couple of days following the game, and these often rule them out of games three of four days later, but can often clear up by the following weekend.
We are quite sure that Newcastle do not want Andy to play on Wednesday evening if he is any way not 100% fit, because then he can really make the injury a lot worse and be out a lot longer, and of course Andy has become a very important player for Newcastle this season.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the next day or two, but if the injury is only slight, he could well be fit to play at Bolton on Saturday afternoon.