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.
“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.
“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?
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