Andy Carroll Touch And Go For Sunderland Game

It seems that Andy Carroll is still touch and go for Sunday’s game at Sunderland, and Alan Pardew will not know until Andy returns from Dubai on Thursday.

Andy Carroll – big  sun tan when  he returns

We wonder if  Andy will have a big sun tan when he arrives back, since presumably he’s been told to soak up the sun a little bit, to get that vitamin D into his system to aid his recovery.

But the  England international will not be risked against the Wearsiders  if there are any doubts at all about his fitness,  and that’s only sensible.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“As far as Andy is concerned, we will have to wait and see – we don’t know yet.”“I have not spoken to Andy and won’t do so until he gets back.”

“I have left him to his own devices.”   “We are going to have to patch ourselves up this week.”

“Hopefully we will have a couple of bodies back, but we won’t realistically know until Thursday.”

If Carroll does not play, you have to believe the best partnership up front would be Shola Ameobi, assuming he’s fit, partnered with Danish striker, Peter Lovenkrands.

We say that because Best and Lovenkrands couldn’t get a look in against Stevenage on Saturday, when the high balls were played forward, and at least Shola is physical enough to cause the Sunderland center-backs some trouble in the air.

But of course Leon was also little short of magnificent last week against West Ham, so he will also be in the frame, of course.

Pardew continued:

“We’ve got Leon Best and hopefully Shola available too.” “But Shola we will know more about by Thursday.”

“As for the rest, we’ll have to wait and see at the end of the week.”

The deal with Seb Larsson is also said to be in the balance,  with it not being a certainty that the Swede will arrive on Tyneside.

We keep hearing Alex McLeish say the lad wants to stay at Birmingham, and that’s kind of worrying.

Alan continued:

“I’m seeing Mike Ashley this week, we have a couple of things going on and we will talk about them tomorrow.”

So what’s the other deal going on – apart from Seb Larsson – any ideas?

Comments always welcome – but please be respectful of other people’s opinions.

14 comments so far

  • toon_dog

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    major, major miss aswell as tiote 🙁

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #2

    “We’ve got Leon Best and hopefully Shola available too.” “But Shola we will know more about by Thursday.”

    Oh great, Dumb and Dumber!

  • Brutooon

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #3

    we stuck with ALAN SMITH – damn

  • mashearer

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    well hopefully shola “the mackem slayer” ameobi is available

  • toonoholic

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #5

    off topic

    Wayne Bridge is to have a medical at West Ham,

    really ? wayne ?

  • munch27

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeh but they are willing to pay all his 70k a week wages plus he must need rid of his current bird thats why he’s moving back near JT lol.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #7

    All mind games.

    Most of the squad are fine, carroll was always going to make the Sunderland game and also the rest of the injured squad.

    Alan is well known for playing mind games with oposition teams.

    That is why he was upset with the bull when he tweeted that he was going to miss the Spurs match.

    All will be well.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Smith is sooooo bad it’s unbelievable.

  • Nufcboy88

    Jan 11, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #9

    i wouldnt b surpised if alan is playing mind games and most of the injury list will b availiable. Tiote is a big blow tho! anyone no how long an appeal against a card takes?

  • warwick

    Jan 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    I reckon they sent Andy to Dubai so he didn’t hit the booze while he was out injured 🙂

  • Mo Drysdale

    Jan 11, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Couldn’t agree more Warwick.

    Should be sorted today Nufcboy88.

  • munch27

    Jan 11, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    If thats the case warwick it’s excellent man management by pards.

  • Sav

    Jan 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Yup. I hope this is just to keep the Mackems guessing because without Carroll and Tiote we are in a dark place going down to the Stade de Merde.

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew is known for mind games Carroll I think will play and the teams gotta be with out smith harper simmo colo Taylor bull larsson Barton Nolan gut Carroll best


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