After the good 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic this afternoon, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said he doesn’t expect Carroll to be out of action for four weeks, as had been reported.
Andy Carroll – out at least two weeks
Pardew says that Andy could be back for the Tyne-Wear derby in two weeks time – not good news for Sunderland supporters.
It’s certain Andy will be out of the West Ham game at home on Wednesday night, and he will not be risked in the FA Cup 3rd round tie at Stevenage on Saturday, and that gives the lad another week before the Sunderland derby game at the Stadium of Light.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said today about big Andy and his thigh injury:
“We debated when he got this injury how serious it was with the medical staff and the answer is that we don’t know,”
“He will definitely miss West Ham and I think he’ll definitely miss Stevenage next Saturday, but talking to the boy, he thinks he is ready for Sunderland already.”
“I’ve got to make a call on that game as to whether he is putting himself at risk and we’ll have to see, but it’s touch-and-go.”
Andy had a scan taken in London on his thigh last Friday, and we have yet to hear the results of that, since it was feared that he may have torn a thigh muscle, which was where the four weeks came from.
But it’s up to the lads to ensure that players like Ameobi, Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger can fill in for Andy while he’s out, and they did well enough today – with a good professional performance and a great win for the first time ever at the at the DW Stadium.
Newcastle are now back in the upper half of the table in 10th place, and 3 points on Wednesday night against West Ham, another bottom half team, would be just what the doctor ordered.
That’s what is next up – and all players that played today will be available for that game.
Howay The Lads!!