Steve Bruce left another ‘big problem’ because Andy Carroll’s last injury setback Newcastle manager frustrates for Arsenal clash
- Andy Carroll has not been able to overcome a hip injury in the past two and a half months
- The Newcastle striker was expected to return soon after the knock
- However, he has been offside for some time and will miss the Arsenal game
- Newcastle boss Steve Bruce does not know when the big striker will be back
Steve Bruce regretted the frustration of Andy Carroll’s continuing hip injury and says there is no timetable on his return.
Sportsmail revealed in November that the striker was troubled by the problem that the past two and a half months have not been resolved.
Carroll returned in seven games in December and early January, but has now been sidelined last month and misses Sunday’s trip to Arsenal.
The last injury of Andy Carroll is a cause for concern for Steve Bruce, the boss of Newcastle
“The big problem for us is that Andy is still not right,” Bruce said. “That is a concern for the future. We expected that he would be fine (for Arsenal), but unfortunately he is not.
“Fortunately it is not his ankle, but with this hip he reaches a certain level in his rehabilitation and it is not quite right. It is a major frustration. “
Carroll told Sportsmail in December that he is determined to win a new deal at his home club. That happened during a series of starts and game-changing assists, and Bruce added: “There was a time before Christmas when he made a few assists and started a few, and that’s exactly why we brought him in.
The striker in Newcastle has had a hip problem since November
Bruce was unable to set a timetable for Carroll’s return to first team action this season
“Unfortunately, he sustained this injury and it drifted off within five or six weeks when we expected it to take 10 days.
“We don’t set a timetable, it’s just the way it is.”
Meanwhile, Bruce could only have one fit striker on Sunday with Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto to prove their fitness, despite returning to training this week.