Steve Bruce reveals (another) Andy Carroll return date and says the striker is in ‘non-contact’ training
Steve Bruce has been talking about Andy Carroll yet again.
Ever since he signed on deadline day, we have had very frequent ‘updates’ on the striker and his ‘progress’, amongst other things.
The Head Coach telling BBC Newcastle that the free transfer signing has trained for the first time ‘with the group’ on Tuesday.
However, there were a couple of qualifications on that.
Bruce saying that it was ‘non-contact’ and for only half a session.
When Andy Carroll signed on 8 August we were told it was only a matter of weeks before he would get to full fitness and be available to play.
That then became expected back for Liverpool away after the international break, according to Steve Bruce last month.
Now the Head Coach says that it will be mid-October before Andy Carroll could play, or indeed that could be when they at least they know where they are with him.
Bizarrely, Bruce now says that he always knew that it would take this length of time [mid-October] to have an idea of when Carroll could play.
By mid-October it will be 10 weeks since the former West Ham striker signed once again for NUFC.
There is yet another international break next month, playing at home to Man Utd on Sunday 6 October and then Chelsea away on Saturday 19 October, so eternal optimists will hope/expect Andy Carroll might be available by then.
Yet again it has to be said.
A ridiculous signing when Ashley and his people knew how short of goals the squad was and that Dwight Gayle was set to be out for a significant time, only bringing in Joelinton was stupidly high risk. If they were going to bring Carroll in, then it had to be as well as Joelinton AND another striker who would actually be able to play.
Steve Bruce talking to BBC Newcastle:
“We are going to still have to be patient with Andy (Carroll).
“However, for the first time today we have seen him join in with the group, to a degree…
“He took part in half the session…non-contact.
“But it is good to see him out kicking a ball again.
“We knew, I always knew, that it would be towards the end of the month and halfway through the next one really, where we [know where we] are with Andy.”
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