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.