Andy Carroll joined the England squad yesterday for their game with France on Wednesday evening, but is expected to be ruled out because of a slight groin injury.
Shola Ameobi – could miss trip to Bolton
It seems that Andy picked up the injury in the tough 0-0 draw with Fulham on Saturday, and the Newcastle physios believe he will be quickly ruled out today, for the Wednesday game.
More important of course is if Andy will be ready for the tough game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, and it looked like he’s around 50-50 for that game.
But the bad news is that Shola Ameobi’s hamstring is still tight, and he may miss also the game on Saturday at the Reebok.
That’s what comes with playing with the injury last Wednesday night in the defeat at Blackburn, when Sky Sports had reported before the game that Shola had picked up a slight hamstring injury.
But Shola still played the first 45 minutes of that game – and we have to think if he hadn’t done that, he may have been ready both last Saturday and next Saturday.
But if Shola and Andy are not available then it’s almost certain that Chris will play in a 4-5-1 formation, with either Peter Lovenkrands up front or Nile Ranger – and we think Ranger is probably better suited to play up front as the lone striker.
Cisco is also available and the Spanish striker was on the bench last Saturday, and maybe he could be a surprise choice, but if it’s Nile Ranger or Xisco against Bolton, it will be a big opportunity for either striker.
But it does seem that Andy has some chance to make that game on Saturday, but it’s going to be touch and go.