Andy Carroll has admitted he was ‘never fully fit last season’, but re-assures fans that he has been feeling ‘better every day’ over the lockdown break and pre season.
The 31-year-old returned to Newcastle after eight years away from home, but was unable to register a single goal in 19 appearances – mostly because injuries stopped him from having a consistent run in the team.
In an interview with NUFC TV, the striker revealed just how important the lockdown break and pre-season has been for him, claiming that he had to play ‘catch-up’ last year as he was injured over the summer:
“I was never really fully fit [last year],”
“I was never really 100% last season and that is because I’m always playing catch-up because I never had the pre-season or had the works.
“It’s massive, I’m feeling better every day.”
“I feel great, we had three weeks off but I kept fit over the summer, worked hard and it’s my first pre-season really, and I’m just looking forward to getting started.”
Pretty damning comments, but good to hear he’s ‘feeling great’ ahead of the 2020/21 season.
I think it’s safe to say we as an entire fan base are completely behind Carroll in his quest for fitness. We all know what the former England International is capable of at his best, and he obviously loves the club.
Sadly, regular starts have been few and far between over the last decade for the striker. However, with the positive attitude Carroll has conveyed to NUFC TV, let’s hope he’s right and he is in fact 100% fit ahead of the new season.