Andy Carroll Explains The Groin Injury He Picked Up


Andy Carroll has explained that he picked up his slight groin injury in the final minutes of Newcastle’s 0-0 draw against Fulham on Saturday.

Andy Carroll – in action on Saturday

The news yesterday that Andy had withdrawn from the England squad,  came just as Andy was getting all the plaudits for finally making the full England squad.

Carroll talked about the call-up:

“There had been a lot of hints that I would get in the England squad and when I got told officially on Saturday night it was the best feeling in the world.”

“But then the prospect of having to pull out felt like the worst feeling in the world.”

And there is news today that England manager Fabio Capello had planned to give Andy a start against the French, so it makes it that more frustrating that Andy will very likely not make the game.

Andy is very disappointed with the injury and the shattering of his dream to play this Wednesday night for England against France, and he continued:

“I don’t know what the manager’s plans were for me.” “All I wanted was to get involved and show what I could do.”

“I just felt a twinge in the groin as we were pushing forward to try and get a goal but I don’t really know how it happened.” “I saw the doctor after the match and it was decided to have another look at it on Sunday lunchtime.”

“I hoped that if I got a good night’s sleep I might wake up and it would feel better because that’s happened before.” “It felt worse when I got up but improved during the day.”

Andy did travel last night to England’s training camp at The Grove in Watford, and the England doctors will now have a scan made today, and then presumably make some definitive decision on Andy.

Because of Andy’s history with the England U21 side, we were not too surprised that Carroll was asked to travel to the England camp last night.

Andy had pulled out of  the U21 squad for the Portugal and Lithuania matches last September through injury, and the England manager Stuart Pearce was very annoyed that Andy didn’t even travel to join the squad.

It is said that not even turning up for that game cost Carroll a call-up later for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, but we have a hard job believing that.

Andy is getting a lot of stick because of some of the baggage that surrounds the player, but we have to believe that he will start to clean up his act rather quickly.

We hope he will start to clean up his act rather quickly.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    I still think the England match would hamper AC’s development. Remember, it only takes one average performance in an England shirt to keep you out of the squad for a very long time indeed. I would rather see him get at least a full season of Prem experience before he is considered again.

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  • Lynxie

    Nov 15, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    And it has to be remembered that England are not playing well at all lately, I mean, have you watched them in the last few games? Andy would be starved of service, and it might be just what the press are waiting for, another chance to knock him down again. This groin Injury may be a blessing in disguise, at least we at the Toon appreciate him, because Capello might play Andy at right back or wide left something equally ridiculous. Bolton away is our priority and Andy’s too. Playing for England is all very well and good, but an injury to the big fella would put paid to our survival objective.

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  • Sav

    Nov 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d be happy enough to see Hoots play 5-3-1 at Bolton resting Shola and Carroll to get them right before Chelsea.
    Bolton are playing well but have bored in enough matches that I’d have no problem if Houghton ‘parked the team bus’ in front of our goal, for a point, bringing in Campbell alongside Williamson & Colocini, and if a place can be found for STaylor at RB pushing Simpson forward to RM, that’s all to the good.
    Smith for Tiote and Ranger to get his chance of a start up front with Lovenkrands in support.

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  • shearermania

    Nov 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #4

    there are 3 teams in the league that plays awful ugly disgusting longball hoof style route one football:
    Blackburn: very negative
    Stoke: bullying but very effective
    Newcastle: the jury still out –

    but it aint pretty
    and its frustating when bloggers comment (especially Ed) about how negative long ball other teams are playing when we are exact the same.

    Leave a Comment

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  • shearermania

    Nov 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    sav 5-3-1
    why should we only play with 10 players or is it because you got smith in your line up that it would be like playing with 10?

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  • hisnameisjonas

    Nov 15, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #6

    shearermania – what are you on about?? take a look at the games when we played arsenal, everton, blackpool, city, villa and sunderland. We played great football and had the possesionplay in all of the games except against arsenal (51-49 in arsenals favour witch no other team in this league have managed on the emirates). The only times we play “hoof” fotball are against the likes of blacburn, stoke and wigan because they restrict us to play that sort of football.

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  • bkeena00

    Nov 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #7

    To call Newcastle a long ball team is just nonsense. What CH has the team doing this year is mixing it up. They’re playing lovely football on the deck this year and when a long ball is used, it’s not just a blind kick in hope. Bartons distribution has been incredible at times. Just because a team can distribute the ball quick and well, doesn’t mean the team are doing nothing more than route one football.

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  • shearermania

    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    when was the last time we had a cross from the byline and i dont count jonas’ alibi crosses with his left paw…..

    way too predictable (and ugly) I DONT MIND UGLY AS LOnG AS WE WIN. but the teams has found us out

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  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Is this football we are talking about or wrestling?????????

    I thought the whole purpose of putting a team out to play football was to win the game, unlike wrestling where the outcome is already decided in the dressing room before hand.

    If teams are being somewhat defensive in their play against the toon hoping for the odd breakout and grab a goal on the counter then you have to take that into consideration and play accordingly,

    We have (had) two big, good in the air forwards so put the ball up there where they can get at it and the results are apparent to all. Play to our strengths and we will be ok there are very few teams in the prem that do not play the long ball every now and then, and those that do not generally do not have an aerial threat in their team.

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