Carroll Not Even Close To Being Fit For Sunderland

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.

Pardew continued:

“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!!

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #1


  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #2

    we need a stricker in asap

    baro what’s your ps3 addey?

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we should Barton out right where he is amazing and Gosling did manage to get 2 assists and created a penalty, and did hit the crossbar in 70 minutes. I don’t want to rush him in but we really might need him. Or i’d take Smith for this and only this match so he can break some Mackem legs. Every team injures our players so why the hell can’t we.




  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #4



  • willowdalerez

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Lovens will likely start aside Ameobi as he’s a good set-up man and Pards favour exp. over youth… then look for Ranger to sub in for Lovens at about 70 mins.

    Not liking our odds with Carroll & Tiote out and no impact transfer in ;-( Still if Barton, Nolan & Harper are on form and the Bull is back in the line-up then we should do all right… I predict a tight 2-1 win or at least a 2-2 draw away at the scum!

    Goals likely from Nolan and either of the Strikers off a Barton cross in to the box.


  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #6

    It appears that Newcastle are in pole position to sign Jay Bothroyd for 2 million.

    This goal a bit like Ben Arfa’s

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #7




  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #8

    sorry but were looking to weak for a in form scunderland side…an it’s all stupit pardrew’s fault..

    1st fault.playing tiote against stevenage.
    2nd fault…playing half are first team against stevenage..who were tired..
    3rd fault..lied to us and told us he would have some1 brught in by this game…

    its all his fault an i say wee miss you mr.chris hughton….foo k pardrew the w a n k e r

  • Rylandhall

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #9

    so boys we can rule out Bothroyd coming to us.. just posted on his twitter:

    “Ok I’m a Cardiff player I’m focused on getting promotion with the Cardiff faithful …. That’s all I no !!!!!”

    followed by,

    “Newcastle is a great club but I’m really happy at Cardiff”

    that was 8 minutes ago. looks like we will be looking elsewhere! again… will we actually get anyone else in? Surely that David Carr bloke has some options – more from where he found Tiote!!

  • Rylandhall

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #10

    thats his twitter if you wanna check it out. looks like a legit account too..

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Dennis Twice

    LOL! I like ur forwards in that lineup.

  • free giveaways

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Why on earth didn’t we try to sign Yakubu or Santa Cruz? I would have those two over Bothroyd any day.

    Bothroyd isn’t good enough for the prem.

    Yakubu and Santa Cruz are proven goal scorers but we can’t even compete with Leicester and Blackburn now.

    And Ziani is joining a Turkish club now.

  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #13

    cuz pardrew is a t w a t …cuz he signd tevez an marscharno he think’s he can do the same for us …he need’s to get a life an get the fooo k out of the be@utiful toon

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #14

    @Baro 3

    1st – No we should definitely not play Smith for any reason! He’s a waste of space pure and simple. Why not just concede the match and 3 points rather than suffer a humilating defeat? This is Football not cage-wrestling and as tempting as it may be the idea of purposefully taking out an opponents class players is not a canny idea its silly and you know better get a grip.

    2nd – I like the idea of playing Gosling but not as a starter as an impact sub just like Ranger. I’m betting Pards starts Guthrie or Routledge and does just that.

    Just my thoughts

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #15

    howay lads, any other news besides this dreadful bit about the big fellow, been out of pocket all day and this is the first chance ive had to get online…

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #16


    like this…..





    2nd HALF – – – – – – –

    Put Ranger on for either Best or Ameobi. Gosling on for Routledge push Barton out right. And put young excellent Ferguson on for Jonas if Jonas is struggling. Which is almost all da time.





  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #17

    sgt. no news really m8

    same old bad news 🙁

    if we beat the unwashed i will jump with joy an love pardrew….if we get beat pardrew will be hated for the tiote insadent and not bringing anybody’s in

  • Irish Geordie1

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #18

    steven taylor not back??
    anyone else sick of this transfer window and all the players linked yet?

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #19


    Simp tayls colo enrique


    Barton nolan jonas

    Shola Mcloven


    Cant start gosling, too risky coming off injury, bring him on as a sub if the game is too much for guthrie in the holding/defensive midfield slot. Smitty on the bench in case we need a leg breaker if the game gets too rough…routledge and ranger as impact attacking subs and willo in case anybody on the back line goes down…think this game will be too much for best and mcloven has scored against the scum so thats why i gave him the nod although i thought mcloven played better with best then he does with shola but shola is a scum killer hes gotta play, what do yall think?

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Sgt. Heagerty

    I’ll update you on what i have read.

    -Ziani to Kayserispor
    -Bothroyd to NUFC
    -Robbie Keane to Brum
    -NUFC open talks with Joey Barton on contract extension
    -Shola Ameobi has been called up by Nigeria and is in the squad for the next game.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Thought tayls was fit….

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #22

    If anybody interested to follow.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Goodnews on barton, thanks for the update baro.Told yall yesterday didnt care what it took barton needs a 5 1/2 year deal. I know we have 40 k a week cap but there are exceptions, players who earn more on the pitch should get paid and barton is one, as is big andy, tiote, colo, nolan, etc, i say we keep the cap for new players but players we resign if they have earned it pay em and barton has def earned it, ill give him half my house if he signs…lol

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Steven Taylor pulled a hamstring and Willo will get the spot.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Still not quite sure what to think about this bothroyd kid. He did get the call up to three lions but im worried he’s gonna be like best and take a year to get used to prem league and we need a player who can put it in the onion bag now, and im just confused as to why we are chasing a striker when we desperately need cover for both fullbacks and tiote cuz smitty and perch arent cover….blows my mind, everybody knows if enrique of simp goes down we are screwed cuz perch is awful and smitty isnt fit to clean tiotes boots

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Team for sunday should be;

    simmo willo colo jose
    jonas barton nolan ferguson
    best shola

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Sgt. Heagerty

    No problem 🙂

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #28

    thanks baro, new story up, moving to new story mates see yall there

  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #29

    sgt. saylor is injured:( ziani is not away yet nor is bothroyd …an ameobi’s international game is’nt for a wile..

    who think’s a shola -oba partnership will be good?

  • gorskino10

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #30

    All the weight for goals on a guy who is miles behind a mildfielder in Nolan, a guy that runs for 1/2 balls then cba to do anything for the rest of the game, who is lazy and for a striker who plays ALOT he has scored the same as Best who played 1 game!!!!!!! god help us.

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Does anyone else think loaning out Kadar was a strange decision…if Colo or Williamson gets injured or sent off tomorrow we are gonna be struggling….with Saylor being injured and Campbell…well the less said the better… we could be relying on Perch as a replacement.

  • Rylandhall

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #32

    did nobody see what i wrote about Bothroyd?! Sgt Hearty and Baro… Bothroyd has said on his twitter and has now been confirmed on ssn website that he is not interested in coming to us.

  • kevymartins

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #33

    i think were gona get beat sunday 🙁

    the last 2 weeks have been dreadfull for us:(

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Ed you really dont like Pardew at all do you???

    You quote him saying that is a kicking muscle and they dont want to chance it getting torn and then chastize him for not knowing if it is torn or not??? Are you even reading your own copy mate?

    Also though I have my fingers crossed for Shola…I cant use the word confidence with any confidence what so ever

  • magfly

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Wish Andy would stop injuring himself falling off bar stools leaves us mega short.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Its half season and we depend too much on Andy Carroll to score, he need a pacey striker with him.

    Jay Bothyoth(sp?) shud be a good choice

  • Sav

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #37

    In my dream Ranger gets the call in the 2nd half and scores his first against the Mackems at the S-O-S. hmmmmm!


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