Bad news today, as Andy Carroll was in London yesterday to see a specialist about his thigh injury, and it may be a lot worse than we thought.
Andy Carroll – could have tear of thigh muscle
The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning there is a huge concern at Newcastle that Carroll has suffered a minor tear in his thigh muscle, which will sideline him for at least a month.
That would be a terrible blow to Newcastle, at a time when the club is worryingly slipping down the Premier league, with some poor results over their last 8 league games.
Newcastle play their game around Andy Carroll’s huge potential and heading ability, and it will be interesting to see how Ameobi and others do tomorrow at Wigan, in big Andy’s absence.
But Alan Pardew is hardly pleased about this latest set-back to Newcastle:
“You can’t dress it up,” “But it’s about the rest of us pulling our socks up and putting together an excellent performance to make up for the loss.”
“Andy has a thigh injury, which is being assessed. He has traveled down to London with the doctor to see just how serious, or not serious, it is.”
“Are there fears it could be serious? Yes, but we’re all a bit in the dark at this stage.”
“You are talking about one of the best young players in the country, who has had a fantastic first half of the season.”
“We don’t want him to be missing for too long, that’s for sure.”
Until the Spurs game, Carroll had scored in all the previous five league games, and he is Newcastle’s top scorer with 11 Premier League goals so far this season.
It seems that the rest of the Newcastle strikers haven’t really got the job done this season, with midfielder Kevin Nolan next in the scoring charts with 8 goals.
Ameobi has 6 goals, but has only three in the tough Premier League.
Shola Ameobi, Peter Løvenkrands, Leon Best and Nile Ranger are the strikers available to Alan for tomorrow, and maybe Ameobi and Lovenkrands can get a start with Nile Ranger coming on as an impact sub in the second half.
Lovenkrands could come through for Newcastle, as the Dane must be anxious to get a chance, after being all but ignored at Newcastle so far this season, and he has the class to score goals in the PL, that’s for sure.
Notice that Xisco is not even mentioned in that list, and it seems the Spanish lad is doing a Marcelino, and will see out his huge five year contract at the club without playing many games at all for the first team.
Only a win tomorrow will really alleviate the increasing worries on Tyneside, that Newcastle will continue to slip down the league.