Well it seems that the powers that be at Newcastle think a warmer climate may do Andy Carroll some good, as they’ve shipped him off to Dubai for a week.
The England striker, who turned 22 yesterday, has a thigh injury and Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, has decided to give him a winter break, where he can regenerate his batteries and hopefully fully recover from his troublesome thigh injury.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Andy last night:
“I’ve sent Andy away. He’s had a tough season so I’ve told him to get some sun,”
“It’s a total rest for Andy. He’s a super player, I love him to bits and I just want to make sure he comes back refreshed.”
“The injury might be a blessing in disguise – the break might be a good thing for Andy, it might refresh his batteries.”
“If you get the opportunity to give players a break you have to, for sure. I think this is an opportunity for Andy.”
This is a good move by Alan Pardew, who apparently is a great believer in a winter break for players, and we remember that Graeme Souness in January of 2005 had the Newcastle squad away for a week in Spain, and promised they would win the next league game – which they did.
We have to hope that Andy is fit and ready for the Sunderland game a week on Sunday, but Pardew is saying it’s only 50-50 at the moment with Andy’s thigh injury, and that doesn’t sound too promising.
We may need a certain Leon Best to bang in another three if Andy misses that game.