Bad news today, but it was probably to be expected, that Andy Carroll will not be fit for the game at Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.
Andy Carroll – out for another 2 weeks?
The just turned 22 year-old has missed the last three games, and he will now miss at least a fourth, and it looks like Andy will not make it for the home game against Spurs a week tomorrow.
The 6’3″ striker missed Newcastle’s Premier League wins over Wigan Athletic and West Ham United, and the humiliation at Stevenage, because of his mysterious thigh problem.
The Newcastle manager said this afternoon:
“Andy won’t play. He’s not even close really,” “We just have to patch him up and repair him as best we can over the next couple of weeks, and hopefully he will be available then.”
“His injury was a little bit worse than we originally thought. It’s a thigh injury, a kicking muscle and you can’t chance that being torn.” “He’s got absolutely no chance for Sunday, and possibly an outside chance for Spurs.”
That’s not good news at all, since it looks like he will miss the game at home to Spurs a week tomorrow, so the next game following that is the game at Fulham the following Wednesday – so maybe Andy will make it for that.
But we have to say that’s hardly a promising statement from Pardew.
And what happened when Andy took a trip to London to see the specialist – the news then was that the Newcastle medics hoped the muscle was not torn.
But it looks like Alan doesn’t know whether it’s torn or not even now – surely they should know that after the scan that was taken in London?
We had even thought Alan may have kept quiet about Andy not playing – but he’s trying to be straight up with the Newcastle fans, and you can hardly blame him for that.
“This game means everything to him Carroll, being local. It’s a huge disappointment for the player,”
“But in the last two Premier League games we have done really well without him and overcome that, so hopefully other players will respond in the same manner.”
“We’ve got to be fair to the public of Newcastle and let them know that Andy won’t be available, but that we are ready to go into battle with the team that we’ve got.”
But we have a lot of confidence in our other local striker, Shola Ameobi, who always plays well against Sunderland.
A lot more weight will be on Shola’s shoulders on Sunday now, but the 28 year-old can produce the goods when it matters – especially against the old enemy.
We hope so in any case, and it’s probably a toss up between Lovenkrands and Best as to who starts alongside the big Nigerian-born striker on Sunday.
We’re sure a certain Nile Ranger will be used as an impact sub in the second half.
But as Alan so rightly says, it’s now up to the other lads to step up to the plate on Sunday – after all that’s what a good squad is all about.
Howay The Lads!!