Steve Bruce rubbishes Andy Carroll claim at Newcastle United

Steve Bruce is confident that Andy Carroll WILL be starting games long before Christmas.
Andy Carroll. (Pic: Martin Swinney)Andy Carroll. (Pic: Martin Swinney)
Andy Carroll. (Pic: Martin Swinney)

It was claimed this week that the Newcastle United striker – who made his comeback from ankle surgery last weekend – wouldn’t be fit enough to start until the New Year.

Asked if Carroll, re-signed as a free agent on transfer deadline day, would be in contention to start before then, head coach Bruce said: “Yeah, of course he could. I certainly hope so. He has trained for the best part of two weeks. His recovery is huge, so hopefully.

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“A lot depends on them and how he manages training. He has worked well, and only been going 10 days or so. He will have to be a lot longer on the training ground and on the pitch to be sure he’s 100%”

Carroll will be on the bench for Sunday’s game against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.