Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will definitely not be fit to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday – and that’s a pity, to be sure.
Andy Carroll – misses game with Spurs
It’s bad news, especially with it still being only Wednesday, and Andy hasn’t even resumed full training with the Newcastle club yet.
We don’t mean to be too negative, but this is worrying, and we have to hope he hasn’t torn his thigh muscle, because that could mean it’s worse than first thought.
We still don’t know the results of the scan Andy had on his thigh in London, immediately after he first picked up the injury, so this is now a little bit of a concern, and we wonder if the full extent of his injury is known?
The 22-year-old has missed Newcastle’s last four games, and the best we can now hope for is that he’s fit two weeks tonight, when Newcastle play at Fulham.
And England play Denmark on Wednesday, 9th February at the Parken Stadion in Københavnand, it could be that he misses that International game too.
We were hoping to see both Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands play in that game.
Steven Taylor – extremely doubtful for Saturday
And the news today about Steven Taylor and his hamstring, is not much better, with the Evening Chronicle reporting that Steven is extremely doubtful for the game on Saturday too.
The good thing is that it does give a chance to those players coming in for Andy and Steve – which are probably Leon Best and Mike Williamson again.
Both players acquitted themselves well against Sunderland, and we heard earlier today that Danny Guthrie will get the start in defensive midfield, in place of the injured Alan Smith and the suspended Cheick Tiote.
Alan’s injury to his ankle doesn’t look too good, and he could be out between six to eight weeks, after visiting a specialist in London yesterday.