Steve Bruce has given the following comments on the progress of both Andy Carroll and Florian Lejeune.
"They're on the grass, running… I still think it'll be two/three weeks, at least, before they're joining in with us in training."
— Matthew Raisbeck (@raisbeck10) August 23, 2019
Bruce is right to temper expectations a bit as both Andy and Florian still have a lot of work to do before becoming match fit. Both have been out with serious injuries and should not be rushed back.
While neither are ‘around the corner’, they are getting that much closer to a return to full training. Steve has given a two to three-week time frame for the duo to return to start training with the team.
Florian Lejeune– will provide big boost when fit
This is sooner than we had imagined for Florian Lejeune. While he had no specific return date identified, a return to training in two weeks would be almost exactly five months since his knee injury on April 6th. So with a little luck, Florian could be available less than six months removed from his injury.
The two to three-week time frame for Andy Carroll to begin training is a little behind the target date of his return. That was reportedly the match at Liverpool on September 14th. We would imagine that he would require a few weeks to get match fit once he does start training with the team. With the game at Anfield in just over three weeks, that may be a little soon for Andy.
However, it is best to proceed with extra caution for Andy and Florian. When they finally do return, we want them to stay fit and in the team. They likely will both provide big boosts upon their return.