Carroll To Get Late Fitness Test Because Of Newcastle Concern

England will give Andy Carroll a fitness test late this afternoon, and decide whether he can play in the England side against France at Wembley tonight.

Andy Carroll – will have late fitness test this afternoon

It seems that the email sent this morning by the Newcastle club, over their concerns about the 21 year-old striker’s fitness, has made the England medics extra cautious that Andy is indeed fit to play tonight.

So it could turn out that Andy may be denied his England debut at the very last minute, if in fact there are any doubts about the Gateshead-born player’s groin injury, as the very last thing England will want to happen is for Andy to re-injure his groin tonight.

And groin strains need time to heal fully, and while everything may seem fine in training, once in a match situation, it can go at any time, which is what the Newcastle club seem to be concerned about.

Newcastle want him fit and ready to play at Bolton on Saturday afternoon.

We understand the fitness test will be quite late this afternoon.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • ginkoh

    Nov 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #1

    We have to make sure he’s ready for tonight because it’s not worth to risk his career for friendly match. Don’t you remember Owen case ?

  • Toon-tinted-glasses

    Nov 17, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #2

    This is what I said on Monday before all this fitness test shennanigans blew up:-

    ‘I have a horrible feeling about this…I always felt that England didn’t protect Michael Own.agenda when he was playing for them….totally disregarding the fact that he was playing for a football club (allegedly, in owen’s case!)

    I truly hope that they don’t play Andy if he is not 100% fit….I know it will be an upset for the lad, but in the long term it will him more good than harm…’

    Honestly, I am so proud that Andy has become an England Striker, but I don’t want this call-up to be a major set-back for him…If he still passes as fit tonight I so hope he has a great game and does NUFC proud, but Most of all I want him to come back to the Toon free from further injury!

  • CT

    Nov 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #3

    A decision 1 hour before kick off. Rediculous as he can`t be 100%. It`s a meaningless friendly. not the world cup final.
    Pull him now, he has plenty time in the future.
    How can he do himself justice anyway if he has a groin strain which could lead to a much more serious tear and potentially be out weeks or even months. BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS!!

  • chuck

    Nov 17, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Those who have suffered from groin injuries know it usually takes time to heal and easily aggravated.
    In which case it would be in the interest of everyone to leave him out of the side, he`s young and has a career ahead of him to enjoy playing for both club and national side.
    Sure he may be dissapointed, better that than see him limping off the pitch.
    We all remember Owen`s injury problems playing for Engerland, seemed he was more interested and played more games for the national side , than those who paid his exorbitant wage.
    We are approaching a critical stage in the EPL, with few points seperating the 5th. and 20th. placed teams and need all hands to be available.
    We know how injuries can devestate sides with small squads.
    Either that or give him a short run out.
    Being it`s a friendly it`s about looking at new faces and hopefully we will see plenty of substitutions.

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 17, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Am I the only one that excited about tonight?

    This is our number 9’s chance to show the world what he can do. I doubt he’ll get seriously injured.

    He might get a knock, but I feel confident.

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Carroll starts.

  • CT

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #7

    HTL, misplaced faith, wer`e whats important, any doubts he shouldn`play. If he`s 100% then great but he`s obviously not.
    We pay his wages not the FA and we should have final say. Do you really think if Rooney/ Defoe/Bent had been fit Carrol would have been called up. We are not being given any consideration in this whatsoever. Of course Andy wants to play, he`s young and excited which is exactly the reason we should be able to save him from his own dilemma.

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #8

    I do think if Rooney et al had been fit he’d have been called up.

    Henderson & Wilshere were both called up despite only Lampard being out.

    Obviously I’d prefer us to win something (proper, not League Cup) than England win the WC, but for some reason I really want him to play today.

    I think it might be because I’ve written off the next two games

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #9

    HTL…why write off the next 2 games, sure enough both tough games but Bolton and Chelsea are definitely beatable…especially Chelsea at home..they have Alex and Terry out injured..Ferreira was playing CB for them at the weekend and Drogba has been suffering the ill effects of malaria. If Carroll was rested like he should have been tonight we would have agreat chance to beat both Bolton and chelsea in the next couple of matches

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Shot Bru, How do you know that Carroll starts?

  • CT

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Carrol starts confirmed!
    Now all we can do is hope.

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Geordie German a journo mate of mine told me… Gerrard playing just behind him.


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