Newcastle United fans have been discussing Andy Carroll on social media, after Steve Bruce admitted the player’s current injury is still undiagnosed.
The 31-year-old hasn’t been seen for the last few weeks as he has been struggling with what was first thought to be a rib injury, which was then thought to be a hip problem.
Bruce has now suggested (Daily Mail) the injury isn’t related to his hip, and that he isn’t sure what the problem is.
All he does know, is that Carroll suffered it executing a volley in training.
The development comes after it was reported (Northern Echo) the manager was hoping to see Carroll get a new deal at St. James’ Park, despite making just 14 appearances in all competitions.
Apparently, despite playing little football, Bruce has been impressed with the striker’s conduct both on and off the pitch.
Carroll rejoined Newcastle last summer one-year, pay-as-you-play deal, but has only been able to make four starts in the Premier League.
Newcastle fans discuss
Some Newcastle fans on Twitter simply couldn’t agree, with some fine to see him carry on on a pay-as-you-play and others believing he is simply too fragile:
Andy Carroll is a great lad and it’s great to have him back even for one season.
But from a purely footballing perspective, he is not reliable and has barely featured this season. To offer him a new contract would be, to me, a nonsensical decision. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) February 14, 2020
£800k this season purely for the assists/impact he’s had when coming on has been worth every penny even if he doesn’t play another minute this season.
— Joseph Burlison (@MrBurlison) February 14, 2020
— Murph (@toothfairy182) February 14, 2020
If we actually had some quality PL depth, instead of Gayle/Muto, then keeping Carroll as a 4th option makes a lot of sense, but this club doesn’t do sense.
— Dell 💦 14-4 (@agbnufc) February 14, 2020
He’s just taking up a valuable squad place.
— Gary Hardy (@hardy1473) February 14, 2020
For what he brings to the locker Room, not to mention how much he loves the club… it’s a no brainer to bring him back especially for a decent wage
— Rob Johnston (@The_Ogg) February 14, 2020
Madness not to extend on that contract. He loves it and is exactly the type of character you need around a team.
— Rossy T (@Rossyt1892) February 14, 2020
Personally I would offer him another one year deal, he’s a great character and another option, we all know how bad we are at getting replacements especially with PL experience
— Bucko (@Cheshire_Mag) February 14, 2020
Heart says keep him, head says let him go
— 1896 (@MiamiMMXX) February 14, 2020
I think hes done what we brought him in for, I wouldn’t mind either way
— Niall (@gxldsg) February 14, 2020
I said this before we signed him and was called all the names under the sun. Feel for the lad but his football career is over. His body is knackered. #NUFC
— Brendy NUFC. (@brendynufc) February 14, 2020