Andy Carroll has had a terrible two years with a reoccurring ankle problem. In the 2017/18 season, he managed only 18 appearances with West Ham as he missed three months with the initial injury. Of those 18 appearances, only 8 were starts.
This past season was even worse for the striker, as he went through two ankle surgeries limiting him to only 14 appearances. He missed the start of the season with the first surgery and didn’t get onto the pitch until early December. He was then shut down in late February before undergoing his latest ankle surgery this past April.
During his initial interview upon rejoining the club, he said that he was taking everything very slowly and following the surgeon’s instructions with precision. He also stated that he had started to run and was taking part in some finishing sessions. When asked when he would return, he did not give an answer as he was just taking extra care to get fully fit.
Andy Carroll– return date against former club?
According to the Times, a possible target date for Carroll’s return is Newcastle’s fixture against Liverpool at Anfield in about a month’s time.
This fixture would be Newcastle’s fifth in the League and would come after a two-week international break to start September. This match is scheduled as the early kick-off on Saturday, September 14th.
This target date does make a lot of sense as it comes after an international break and will give Steve Bruce and his staff ample time to assess Andy’s fitness for a return. We would imagine that he would only return to the matchday squad initially and that Bruce wouldn’t risk Carroll from the start. He will most likely need to get a few substitute appearances under his belt to start with.
Of course with Andy, fitness is always a concern and that date is still a month away. He will have to work his way back into training with the first team and all of the rigors that will entail. We will be anxious when Andy finally makes his return to the pitch for Newcastle United.
We hope that the club has a comprehensive plan for Carroll to ensure that when he does return he can remain fit. We are not sure when that will be but September 14th at Anfield does sound like a sensible target date.