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Steve Bruce confirms further delay in Andy Carroll playing for Newcastle United

1 year ago

Andy Carroll made a lot of headlines when coming back to Newcastle United on deadline day.

With Newcastle desperately short of goals after the departure of the two goalscorers, Perez and Rondon, many Newcastle fans were worried about what seemed to be a failure to adequately replace them.

The 22 year old Joelinton arrived full of potential but reality being that so far his best season had produced eight goals in the weak Austrian league.

So another reliable goal source looked essential.

When Andy Carroll was unveiled as the other new goalscorer, plenty of Newcastle fans had doubts, considering the striker had started only 10 Premier League goals and scored three PL goals since April 2017, which is now 29 months ago.

However, Steve Bruce assured us that it would only be a few weeks before we would see Andy Carroll playing. It being all to do with getting up to full fitness, rather than any lingering injury worries.

Then a week later, ahead of the Norwich match (see below), Steve Bruce talked about it now being ‘four or five weeks’, suggesting that Liverpool away (15 September) was a viable target.

Then ahead of last week’s draw with Watford, Bruce once again said Carroll could possibly return for Liverpool after this international break.

However, today the Head Coach has confirmed this won’t be happening and instead he has still not even joined in full training yet and the next target is that sometime ‘Let’s hope he can come and train with us for a couple of weeks.’

From what Steve Bruce is now saying, it looks like sometime in October, at the very earliest, when we could see Andy Carroll on the pitch. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if it proves far longer than that.

I still can’t see how signing Andy Carroll made any sense, apart from the positive PR headlines it created for Mike Ashley after a transfer window where he had totally failed to properly strengthen the NUFC squad.

If it had been two strikers signed AND Andy Carroll then fair enough, there would be no absolute need or expectation for him to play and score goals, it would be a bonus. However, with Newcastle looking woefully short of goal threat so far, we don’t have that luxury.

Steve Bruce asked by the Sunday Sun when Newcastle fans will finally see Andy Carroll on the pitch – 8 September 2019:

“I am never going to put an exact time on it…

“The good thing for the supporters is that there is good work he’s done on the training ground with the rehab and physio people.

“The ankle has had no ill effects.

“He is not sore and not swollen, in the past that has been the case.

When asked what the next step for Carroll will be, Bruce said: “Let’s hope he can come and train with us for a couple of weeks.

“The early signs are encouraging.”

Steve Bruce asked on 30 August before Watford match, about when Andy Carroll would be able to play:

Bruce replied “Hopefully somewhere near’ by end of international break in mid-September.

Steve Bruce talking about Andy Carroll ahead of Norwich – 16 August 2019:

“He is doing a bit of running.

“We still think he could be four or five weeks away.

“Although I think really we shouldn’t put a timescale on him.

“He will be ready and fit when he is ready.

“Timescales can leave him and everybody else disappointed.

“I am sure he will be able to play a big part and then hopefully he stays all right.

“It’s only been a week since he walked through the door.

“The other day we had a meeting with the strikers and he had his say.

“The other players in the canteen all want to be around him.

“They are looking to feed off his experience.

“He has know-how, knows exactly what Newcastle is about, all of that can only be a positive.

“The biggest positive of all is seeing him back on the training ground…because if we can get this lad fit, we know he is a smashing player as well.”


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