Craig Hope with the Daily Mail is reporting that Andy Carroll has suffered a second injury since returning from his ankle surgery earlier this season.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) November 29, 2019
According to the report, the 30-year-old injured his ribs during training this week. He hurt his groin at Chelsea last month and was forced to miss the Wolves match the following weekend.
However, the striker was back for the big win at West Ham, where he made a substitute appearance against his former club.
Carroll will miss Saturday’s Manchester City match-up and is to be assessed next week to determine the severity of the injury. We wouldn’t expect it to keep Andy sidelined for too long.
Andy has made 7 substitute appearances this season and played just over 120 minutes as he works his way into contention for a place in the starting eleven.
This will not help with Bruce’s limited options in attack, but at least Andy’s two recent injuries are not related to his surgically-repaired ankle.
It will also give Dwight Gayle another opportunity for increased minutes on the pitch. The 29-year-old has played just 22 minutes this season in his three substitute appearances.