Before it was revealed that Andy Carroll had tweaked his groin in the Chelsea match, Bruce had spoken about the 30-year-old’s training schedule. Bruce disclosed some details about the regimen Andy was following to stay fit.
At the tail end of his comments, Bruce said the following:
“Hopefully in the next week or two weeks he will be in a position where we can start him.”
Of course, any plans to start Andy this Sunday are done with the news of his groin injury. The positive news is that it’s a very minor injury and has nothing to do with his ankle.
This is what Bruce said at his press conference about Carroll’s injury situation:
“With Andy, it’s not his ankle thankfully. Everyone can pick up those types of niggles especially when you sit on the bench for a while.
“He has stretched and over-stretched. It’s fortunate it is not his ankle. There is no one more disappointed than Andy.
“He was getting himself in a position, where the more he trained, getting on against Man United and Chelsea, he was maneuvering into a position where he could start, it’s disappointing, but we have to carry on.”
We have to wonder if Steve Bruce has any intentions of shaking up the strike force at Newcastle. With just one goal and no assists coming from the trio of Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Miguel Almiron, Newcastle are in desperate need of production from the front three.
During the press conference today, Steve Bruce also talked about the lack of goals his team has produced thus far:
“But the more Saint-Maximin and Joelinton play, the better. It is one area we have to improve. We’re aware of that.
“We just have to keep working away at the training ground, but it is the hardest part of the game. I hope we have enough firepower up there, and we need to start scoring more.
“We need to start showing it as it is the one area we’re working on to do better. We have been working on it all week. We will continue to do so.
“It is easy to do it on the training ground but not so easy on a Saturday.
A few days ago, Bruce talked about Dwight Gayle and his excellent finishing in training. It’s likely been every week that Bruce has had the lads doing finishing sessions as goals have been a problem since day one.
However, Dwight Gayle has only been back for the past month and seems to be doing quite well in the training sessions.
This is what he said about Dwight after his return to action against Chelsea:
“It’s vitally important that he stays fit because he reminds me of why I have tried to buy him that many times.
“In training, I get those reminders as his finishing is excellent, excellent. I am delighted to have him.
“He’s booming around the training ground, and again he gives me another option which is good.”
Bruce also talked about Gayle today. With Carroll out of consideration, we have to wonder if Gayle could find himself in position for a start on Sunday.
This is what Bruce said to the Chronicle about the 29-year-old:
“I have made it common knowledge I have tried to sign him at least three times now.
“I have never been able to afford him.
“To see him in training in the last three weeks. So he’s knocking on the door, but I’ve got a squad to pick.
“As the eight-year-old I spoke to this week said everybody has got their opinion, let’s hope I get the right one!”
We think Bruce will just make the one forced change for Wolves with Fabian Schar being injured. He may have been mulling over bringing Carroll in recently, but his groin injury has nixed that for now.
However, Bruce has sung the praises of Dwight Gayle since he arrived at Newcastle. With only 5 goals in 9 games and Big Andy out injured, Bruce has the chance to give Dwight Gayle a massive vote of confidence on Sunday by starting him.
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