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Bruce Reveals What He Expects When Star Returns To Action



Steve Bruce revealed this morning that Andy Carroll has come through his initial involvement in team training unscathed. Now Andy will visit a specialist for the go-ahead to ramp up his participation in the sessions.

If given the all-clear for that, Andy could be fully involved in the sessions next week as the team prepare for Brighton. Bruce has even not ruled out Carroll making the bench for the home match against the Seagulls.

This is what Steve Bruce said according to the Shields Gazette when asked if Carroll could make the match-day squad next week:

“Yes. We need some positive news from his specialists now.”

This is in stark contrast to what Steve Bruce said on Tuesday when he insisted that patience was required with Andy. This is how Steve described Andy’s circumstances after training on Tuesday:

“Andy, we’ll have to still be patient. However, for the first time today, he joined in with the group to a degree. He only took part in half of the session, non-contact, but it’s good to see him out kicking a ball again.

“I always knew that it would be towards the end of this month and halfway through the next month really.”

We’re not sure what caused the drastic difference in Andy’s forecast from Tuesday to Friday. The optimist in us hopes that Andy has had a stellar few days of training and had his return date shifted forward. However, Steve is sometimes coy with the media, so we just really can’t be sure what to make of it.

Andy Carrollone step at a time

Today Steve was very positive about the progress of all of his injured players except for Dwight Gayle. Both Matt Ritchie and Allan Saint-Maximin are ahead of schedule in their recoveries. As for Gayle, Steve is still uncertain on a return date for him.

Bruce also spoke about his expectations of Andy for this coming season. He has wisely tempered the expectations a little for the often hobbled striker. This is what he envisions for Andy’s when he gets in the team:

“If we get 12, 15 starts from him, then I’ll be delighted. We all know he’s not going to play 35 times, but he could be an impact player. Let’s hope his ankle is OK, and if he’s OK, he’s going to be a big plus for us.”

Getting Andy 12 to 15 starts while being an impact sub late in games would be a massive boost to this team. However, we have to also be realistic and take just one step at a time. Let’s first hope he can get through a full week of training, and then we’ll take it from there.


137 comments so far

  • carltoon

    Sep 13, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Nicky Munster. Yes hoping for good things from Krafth. I can also state he’s very polite, as he said hello. The Arsenal game.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 13, 2019 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #2

    The Wife, so we have an Irish Coleen now, do we. Mind I never tried Guiness.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 13, 2019 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Take it back you said move Yedlin on when he’s the best of the lot 😉

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  • carltoon

    Sep 13, 2019 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Nufc83 a ya talking to me? I meant are they thinking of moving Yedlin on. I would keep him. It’s just he’s never mentioned now!!

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 13, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Ha, yeah, he’s great going forward, so very very fast, not so great on the bread and butter stuff though, in my opinion. I like Manquillo’s all round game, and Krafth is decent both ways and the best of the three defensively, which of course is very important.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 13, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Carltoon ya spelt it wrong and ya didnt drink it. I’ll forgive you though ! Htl .

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Oooh sorry just realised unforgivable. Ha ha I’m not a big drinker, I get drunk on two glasses of wine.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Nufc 83 Ah I see you where talking to Nicky about Yedlin.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Nicky cheers for the analysis. Just bang it long t’big lad on back stick will ya ?:)

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Manquillo played so well last few games last season. So really can’t understand why he’s been left out. Unless they have play Krafth because he’s been brought in under Bruce

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #11

    I drove the Wild Atlantic Way this time last year, all 3000 k’s of it, achingly beautiful and aptly named. The NE coast is pretty special too though. Winter’s a bit grim of course, for a boy who grew up on bathed in sunshine on the NSW and Qld beaches. The football’s a lot better in the North East, although we are quite good at cricket. Born in Whitley Bay, emigrated in 1970, a Geordie and an Aussie.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #12

    It will take Krafth a while to get up to speed of the Premium League.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Nicky where was that The Wild Atlantic way.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Ireland Carltoon.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Ah ok. Was over there Dublin really enjoyed stayed at place called Tolomor don’t know if that’s how you spell it. Just read Bruce says Yedlins fit but not match ready. Missed that.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #16

    12 Hours 6 Minutes to KO

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #17

    This time last year was in Koh Samui. Paradise.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Thank god ya back. Did you enjoy the festival bill?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Of course, i forgot about Willam

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Bruce saying thinking of January transfers now! And wanting quality over quantity. Ye that’ll be right last day of the transfer window, they couldn’t get anybody over the line.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Then they would have to sell to get another player in.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #22

    Carltoon

    It was really good although we only went on the Sunday as the missus wanted to wander around the shops in Saffron Walden, charity ones mainly.

    The festival had three stages all very close together so we were able to see a lot of the bands again there were a lot of stalls so the missus was really happy.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #23

    As long as the wife’s happy you’ll be happy and that’s how it should be.

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  • NY Mag

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Bill,

    Which festival you been to?

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Bill my daughter’s just got back from The Burning Man festival, and she’s now back in Thailand where she works. The photos she sent were let’s say it looked a bit wilder than Blackpool. She said it was the most amazing place she’d ever been to. Way way out of my league.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #26

    And where have you been??? NYmag.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #27

    NY Mag

    Woodfest, which is held in Hatfield Forest.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Carltoon

    I watched a documentary about the Burning Man festival, it looked really brilliant.

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  • NY Mag

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Carltoon,

    Had a busy week at work.
    Have been reading the blog, but no time to get involved (at least, no time when anyone else is about)

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  • NY Mag

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Bill,

    You’ll have to pardon my ignorance, I’m afraid I’ve never heard of it.
    (But, I’ll look it up)

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Bill what kind of festival, music? Or mystical back to nature I know you into that kind of thing.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #32

    NYmag well you were missed. Bill I’ll look up your festival. Yes the photos well I was a bit shocked. But she lives life to the full.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #33

    Have to get to northumberland. Drove through it years ago. Maybe a weekend to include a toon match and staying on the coast. Royally messed up my 50th not going there. Nite all, hurling early tomorrow ( watching not Playing! ) then pub later for BT surrounded by reds 🙁

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 14, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Essex my back to nature is trout fishing. Its like crossing a paradigm into nature away from work money and all that old guff.

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  • NY Mag

    Sep 14, 2019 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #35

    Hurling?
    Is that not the favorite pastime of our rotund owner?

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #36

    Ha ha.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #37

    Good night Munster. HWTL

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 14, 2019 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #38

    The missus and I went to Navan via Dublin a few years ago.

    Visted Newgrange, Douth, Nowth and Tara. A bit of a pagan pilgrimage I suppose.

    Near Tara we visited a ancient well where I found this very pleasant chap who was lying with his head in the well cavity. We got chatting and he introduced him self as a Shinna, although I reckon he was one of the little folk albeit a very big one. He invited us to come to Tara on the Saturday night as a load of people get together to play music etc. but as we were due to come home that day had to decline, pity as I’m sure it would have been fun.

    We met a lot of interesting folk and had some great craic with them can’t say that we met an unlikable Irish person, all very pleasant, friendly and chatty.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 14, 2019 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #39

    NYmag I’m the only one laughing at your joke.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 14, 2019 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #40

    Hard to think of a bigger game than Liverpool away really. Of course there’s the Mackem’s, but they really are a dreadful shower, let’s face it. Away day at Anfield, that’s a wonderful footballing occasion, between two splendid Northern clubs and a quite unnerving one for us. Gotta dip ya’ lid to Liverpool for what they have achieved over the years. Great fixture this.

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