It was just great to see Andy get his debut for England last night, and the lad played very well too, so there will be lots more caps down the road for this emerging Newcastle star.
Chris Hughton – relieved Carroll seems uninjured
And after all the gossip and news this week over Andy’s groin injury, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has explained the Newcastle concerns today.
This is what Hughton told the Evening Chronicle, as it looks like Andy came through the England game uninjured:
“We’ll assess Andy today and it looks like he got through OK.” “We’re aware of the problem he had.” “Hopefully he is available for the weekend.”“There was our concern.”
“When we assessed Andy on Sunday, it looked like he would miss the game.” “He made a good recovery over two or three days.”
“But when we assessed him after Saturday’s injury at that stage it looked like he wouldn’t be able to play.” “We sent him down to England and over the two or three days there was enough of a recovery to play.”
“There was a concern, that is true. The unfortunate bit for us was it made the papers.” “The lines of communication between us and the FA were correct, but it got out.”
“Both parties are very happy with how we conducted ourselves.” “I’m delighted for him to make his debut – it was special night for him.” “It was hard for Andy. He didn’t get the opportunities and service, but he did very, very well.”
“He worked hard and kept possession and he should be happy.”
Chris was asked if he had been nervous during the England game in case Andy picked up an injury (we were), and he said:
“I think you are nervous.” “Ours was a genuine one to be nervous about.” “You send players away with a clean bill of health and there are no problems, but it wasn’t the case for Andy.”
It will now be a huge surprise if Andy is somehow not fit to play at Bolton, and now we’ll just have to see how Shola Ameobi’s thigh injury is like, although we don’t even know if Chris will be starting two strikers at Bolton.
But time again to concentrate on Newcastle, and we could certainly do with all 3 points at the Reebok on Saturday afternoon.