Andy Carroll has given Newcastle fans some positive news on the fitness front, revealing how he is finally “feeling good” again after years of injury hell.
The 30-year-old is yet to feature for a full 90 minutes so far for Newcastle but has had a big impact in his previous 2 appearances against Southampton and Sheffield United, registering assists for stand-in skipper Jonjo Shelvey in both games.
Carroll has had long-term issues with his ankle and required major surgery earlier this year as a result, but the big Geordie seems to be in a brilliant place physically based on his latest comments:
“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.”
Carroll is certainly the type of player that gives Newcastle a weapon not many teams possess in the Premier League, but his fitness is unreliable and always a cause for concern.
Joelinton has struggled so far to settle in at Newcastle but at 23, time is on his side and he may need a little extra of that to adjust to life in the Premier League.
Carroll however is ready-made, will always put his body on the line for the cause and gives opposition defenders nightmares when crosses and long-balls are played up to him.
His contribution lately has been massive and it would be great to see him get back on the scoresheet in the near future – hopefully at Burnley on Saturday!