Newcastle United have contacted the FA today via email, to ask them not to play Andy Carroll tonight, according to Sky Sports.
Andy Carroll – will he now play tonight?
As we mentioned yesterday, there seemed to be some considerable difference between what Chris Hughton thought of Andy’s fitness, as he said he was doubtful for Saturday’s game at Bolton, never mind playing for England tonight.
Newcastle said if they had a game tonight Andy would not even be on the bench, and the Tyneside club do not think the Gateshead-born striker should play tonight – because they think he is not fit enough, and presumably will further injure his groin.
This is a bit of a difficult situation for Newcastle, because we all know Andy is desperate to play, but perhaps a compromise can be reached where he plays only 45 minutes – for example – but watch out if Andy limps off the pitch tonight.
As we mentioned yesterday the Newcastle club will then have every right to be furious with the FA.
Newcastle pay the player’s wages and not the FA, and if he is injured Newcastle may seek compensation from the FA, and they may now be going on record that they think he is still injured, and therefore shouldn’t play tonight.
Officially, it seems that Newcastle have registered concern over the news that Andy will start tonight.
When Michael Owen was injured at the World Cup in Germany in 2006, and was then out for almost a year, Newcastle received considerable compensation from the FA, and basically had the rules re-written for when a players picks up an injury when playing for England or their country.