Steve Bruce says Andy Carroll in line for earlier than expected St James Park action
The Andy Carroll getting closer to being available has been a recurring headline ever since he arrived on deadline day.
Initially we were told it would be a couple of weeks to get full fitness, then four or five weeks, then Steve Bruce saying it is wrong to put any kind of timeline on somebody with the striker’s injury/fitness history.
However, now the Head Coach says that Andy Carroll is in line to be back playing this month.
Steve Bruce says that if the specialist gives the go ahead (Carroll was meeting him late Friday) then the striker could be in the squad for the Brighton match next Saturday.
Andy Carroll has been training with the other players this week but it has been described as ‘non-contact’, presumably waiting for that all clear from the specialist.
Steve Bruce says that he will be ‘delighted’ if Andy Carroll starts 12 or 15 games this season, I would say the fans would be amazed if that actually happened. I would assume that if the returning NUFC forward is to play any significant part this season then surely it will be for 20-30 minutes off the bench, very difficult to see him starting games alongside Joelinton.
The Head Coach says ‘I remember the deadline day and I think Andy changed the mood’, I’m not convinced. It certainly created plenty of headlines and got people talking BUT the only way that Andy Carroll will be a positive mood changer will be if he can get on the pitch and stay there, plus obviously contribute whilst doing so.
My hopes/expectations are that Carroll will be seen as a decent signing if he can positively influence at least four or five games and help Newcastle pick up points they otherwise wouldn’t, Brighton would be a great time to kick that off but I must admit I’d still be amazed to see him on the pitch before October at the earliest.
Steve Bruce update on Andy Carroll ahead of Liverpool game:
“It is good news (on Andy Carroll).
“He has got a spring in his step and he joined in (training with the rest of the players) for the first time in the last couple of days and, thankfully, touch wood, he has not had a reaction to that.
“You can see he’s confident, his ankle is OK, so touch wood…
“It is just for the specialist (who Andy Carroll was meeting Friday afternoon) to now say, ‘OK, now off you go (and play).’
“I remember the deadline day and I think Andy changed the mood (when signing).
“If we can get 12 or 15 starts from him I will be delighted because we all know that he is not going to play 35 times but he could be an impact player.
“Let’s hope the ankle is OK and if so he is going to be a big plus for us.
“He is not that young Andy Carroll, he is the Andy Carroll who can help the two Longstaffs, can help Allan Saint-Maximin…help steer them in the right way and I think he is enjoying that responsibility, he has matured a lot and he has been good around the place.”
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