Andy Carroll made his first start of the season last week at Sheffield United and then came on Saturday to help save the day with his second assist in as many games.
Other than the 34-minute outing again Manchester United, those were Andy’s two longest appearances of the season. Steve Bruce has been deliberate in his attempts to get the striker to full fitness this season.
Andy’s only played a bit part thus far, but it seems like his involvement will be ramped up going forward.
Since Carroll made his triumphant return in the otherwise tepid Brighton draw, he’s made 9 appearances for his hometown team. Though his return to full fitness has twice been interrupted by minor injuries that forced him to miss two matches.
Andy Carroll– making his season debut at St James Park
His first setback was before the Wolves match where he missed out due to a groin problem. Andy returned the following week at West Ham and played in the two games after that.
However, it was another problem with bruised ribs that forced him to miss the draw against Manchester City. Now Andy has come back and played a significant role in his last two appearances.
While Andy has missed a couple of games, the outstanding news is that he has not suffered any reaction with his surgically repaired ankle. In fact, from his recent comments, it appears as though his ankle is the best it’s felt in years.
Speaking to the Chronicle, this is what Andy had to say about his ankle:
“It’s no problem at all, I don’t even think about it.
“It’s brilliant. It was hard when the ankle was playing up, but as you can see it’s the same size as the other one when in the past it hasn’t been.
“It’s feeling good. I like to get myself about so it’s been tough when I haven’t been mobile and been a bit stiff.
“But I’m feeling good. I’m working hard in the gym and with the staff.
“I’m protecting myself through the week’s training, with the manager helping with the days and what I do and what I don’t do.
“It feels great.”
This is a great update from the Geordie striker. He had the surgery to repair a long-standing problem with the ankle and so far, so good. For him to be able to get to the point where he doesn’t even think about shows tremendous progress.
We think Newcastle have handled Andy Carroll brilliantly and hope that continues going forward. So far he’s made a remarkable return to Newcastle. He seems to be only getting better with each passing game.