Disappointing Injury Set-Back For Andy Carroll


A disappointing set-back has been revealed today about Newcastle striker Andy Carroll by manager Alan Pardew, as Andy’s thigh injury has still not healed, and he has not been able to do the running in Portugal the Newcastle medics had hoped for.

Andy Carroll – thigh injury refuses to clear up

This means Andy is definitely out of next Wednesday’s game at Fulham, and will almost certainly miss the following game at home at Arsenal so that will be seven games the striker will have missed.

The next game will be two weeks on Saturday at Blackburn, which promises to be another tough game with new manager Stave Kean seeming to have Blackburn playing very well,  and with some very decent attacking play too.

And Newcastle are sending Carroll to Sweden tomorrow to be checked out by a world-renowned specialist on thigh injuries, in the hope he  can get to the bottom of his troublesome injury.

Andy was injured in the game at Tottenham on 28th December, and has been missing ever since.

This is what Alan Pardew said today about Andy:

“We brought him to Portugal to start running and the disappointing news is that he hasn’t,”

“His injury is in the muscle just above the thigh – an area that doesn’t get great circulation so doesn’t heal very quickly.”

“So we’re going to send him to someone who’s the world’s best thigh repair expert.”

“This guy is in the arctic end of Sweden and he’ll be flying out on Friday and we’re hoping he’ll be able to turn him around quickly.”

“He’s definitely out of Fulham and probably Arsenal too. There has to be no doubt when he returns.”

This is not good news for Newcastle fans, and maybe this was the source of The Sun story earlier in the week, that suggested Andy could be out for up to two months.

Yes, that’s right, it’s the supposed made-up story we pummeled the Sun for – oh my.

But we also haven’t had the feeling the Newcastle medics have ever got to the bottom of Andy’s injury, and were just hoping it would clear up with time.

They were hoping the muscle wasn’t torn, sent Andy to London for a scan,  but then we didn’t hear about the results, and then a week later Alan said he hoped t wasn’t a tear – so that didn’t make too much sense.

But it hasn’t healed and it seems now that it’s more serious, or at least more complicated, than they had first thought.

We have to hope the Swedish specialist can clear things up, and quickly, but this is not good news this morning.

On the bright side, it does give Shola, Leon and Nile an extended  chance to prove what they can do for Newcastle up front, or Alan may even bring in another striker before next Monday.

And we have to hope Ameobi comes into some good form soon, because when he’s on song the big lad’s  great, but when he isn’t he’s often hopeless – that about some up the soon to be Nigerian International.

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33 comments so far

  • steburnip

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Booooo!! Not Good news!
    Hopefully a striker in by then!

    Come on pull ya finger out!

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Best and Ranger will do me.
    How many more chances does Ameobi have to get?

    If we get someone else in, so be it, but they’d have to be pretty good to justify not giving Ranger a decent run and not just coming on for the last 10 mins.

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  • NorseMag

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Is this going to wake Mike up and make him open his wallet a bit, or will it be a great chance to find out what we REALLY have for backup in strikers.

    Best, Ranger, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, (Xisco), I feel its about time we sort out who’s worth a spot and who’s not.

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  • PalmerToon

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    I have heard we are after Adrian Mutu?
    Not a bad loan signing!

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  • alex84

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    i think we need to buy a striker, even though Best and the others have done well!

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  • expatgeordie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    This time last year according to most people on here Carroll was hopeless now he’s indispensable. What a differenace a year makes.

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  • expatgeordie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry differance

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  • carroll89

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Strollas hopeless. Strolla Ranger and Best can play in the Championship but they are not Premiership quality. I think people are forgetting that if Arsenal wins the Carling and a top 5 wins the FA then 7th place would go to Europe. If we can’t sign a striker in January, forget Europe. Very doable and I like the links with Forlan. Great to play off of Carroll when he’s back and imagine an attacking triangle of Carroll, Ben Arfa, and Forlan

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  • G

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Indeed expatgeordie, I was one of the main protagonists at telling everybody how I thought AC would flop this time in the Prem. I love it when a player on our books makes me eat a double helping of humble pie!

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  • nufc.romania

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    damn… i miss big andy… but we need another striker.. how about yannick djalo ??

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  • G

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Palmertoon @ 4. Mutu? No thanks mate, hope that’s just a made up one. Serious attitude problems (Going awol from Fiorentina? ffs), and a bit to much of a liking to the ‘Dusty Showbiz’. Waste of an obvious talent in my humble opinion.

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  • BudroBeardo

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #12

    I read somewhere that Werder Bremen has made a 2 million bid on Spud’s Niko Kranjcar. He would be a real bargain for that money. A skillful and versatile prem proven winger/attacking mid, and he’s still only 26-y-o.

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Transfer-news-Arsenal-striker-Carlos-Vela-permission-talks-Bolton-regarding-loan-move-article682839.html

    We should be going for Vela, solves two problems and is a very tidy finisher and different to what we have.

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  • NorseMag

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    carroll89 @ 8. Must agree, even though I thought this could be a good opportunity to sort out if loven or best could cut it given a run, the prospect of europe is mouthwatering.

    relly courious to why there’s no signings. Mikes greed or Alans determination not to sign just for the sake of it.

    Begging for the last one.

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  • skutball1892

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Roman Pavlyuchenko anyone? Heard Old Wobbly Chops is wanting to unload him, not sure how much he would cost like but he can certainly hit the back of the net, even if he is having a bit of a dry spell at the minute.

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  • staffy

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Bring back Wyn Davies

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  • munch27

    Jan 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    @ 12 German side Werder Bremen want to sign Tottenham midfielder Nico Kranjcar, who is free to leave White Hart Lane, but he is thought to want to stay in England. We must snap him up.

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  • skutball1892

    Jan 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #18

    @12 agreed, if Bremen are only offering £2 million, maybe we could offer a cheeky £3 million? (Depending on Cashley spending or not)

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  • Davies

    Jan 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Does anyone else think that there was something in the reports about Carroll being out for two months?

    Perhaps the whole “back in the next three weeks” deal was just spin from the club…

    By the way, a big no thankyou to Adrian Mutu and Pavlyuchenko.

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  • Sinner

    Jan 27, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Get a striker on loan,QUICKKK!
    >>>>>Keane<<<<<<<

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  • stuckdownsouth

    Jan 27, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Can’t see us getting a striker this window as they’re all overpriced – Bent, Keane even Shola!

    Actually I think Shola is a good back up for AC, the problem is when he has to play a string of games he always gets injured.

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  • NorseMag

    Jan 27, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    @ skutball, Keane (30) for £6M on a four year £65K contract?

    Seriously?

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  • Sinner

    Jan 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24

    It would be a really good option to get him on loan for a month or 2.
    He might be beyond his best now,but atleast he is better than all the strikers we got now.

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  • skutball1892

    Jan 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #25

    @NorseMag I didn’t mean worth a look at buying him haha I meant worth a look at the article. I personally think IF we got Keane he’d be another Michael Owen so I’d stay away from him.

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  • listie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Shouldn’t Carroll have been sent to this chap weeks ago, sometimes I do worry about our medical staff!

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  • davidtoon4life

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27
  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #28

    And everyone slated the papers for printing BS about him being out till March/April.

    That looks about right now!

    We need a striker!
    OR sell Strolla to Brum and Get 2 strikers in

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #29

    This is the chance for Lovenkrands to shine 🙂 he’s our best striker. Some cutting passes from Barton and Lovenkrands will start scoring a lot of goals.

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  • davidtoon4life

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #30

    North Atlantic Magpie he had the chance to win the game against tottenham when barton played it through but fluffed his lines there is now way he will step up and score goals hes shit!

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #31

    He’s was unlucky not to score. Only Lovenkrands can make a run like that. He just needs to get more passes like that.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #32

    this should of been sorted weeks ago.

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #33

    North Atlantic Magpie @29: Purleeeeez. Lovenkrands is a bench filler at best, Ditto Shola, Ditto Leon Best. If we are serious about progressing next season after staying up (which we will I have no doubt whatsoever), the signings we make now, have to be a huge improvement on what we already have. That measn, dust off the sentiment, and get the exit door open for Xisco (utter garbage and a disgrace to the shirt), Ranger (on Loan to learn his trade/channel his attitude), Ryan Taylor (not good enough at this level let alone the next level up which we are looking to improve to), Alan Smith (thanks a lot but off you go Smudger).
    Ins: Podolski? Pavlyuchenko? Taarabt? Leroy Fer?

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