Steve Bruce bemoans Andy Carroll’s latest injury setback as Newcastle striker struggles to overcome hip injury
- Andy Carroll has failed to overcome a hip injury in the past two and half months
- The Newcastle striker was expected to return quickly from the knock
- However, he has been sidelined 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 has bemoaned the frustration of Andy Carroll’s lingering hip injury and says there is no timescale on his return.
Sportsmail revealed in November that the striker was suffering from the problem, which has failed to clear in the past two-and-a-half months.
Carroll did return to feature in seven games over December and early January but has now been sidelined for the past month and will miss Sunday’s trip to Arsenal.
Andy Carroll’s latest injury has been a cause for concern for Newcastle boss Steve Bruce
‘The big problem for us is that Andy is still not right,’ said Bruce. ‘That’s a concern going forward. We expected him to be okay (for Arsenal) but unfortunately he’s not.
‘Thankfully, it’s not his ankle, but with this hip he gets to a certain level in his rehab and it isn’t quite right. It’s a big frustration.’
Carroll told Sportsmail in December that he is determined to win a new deal at his hometown club. That came during a run 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 Newcastle striker (left) has been struggling with a hip problem since November
Bruce was unable to put a timescale on Carroll’s return to first team action this season
‘Unfortunately he’s picked up this injury and it’s drifted into five or six weeks, when we expected it to be 10 days.
‘We’re not putting a timescale on it, it’s just the way it is.’
Meanwhile, Bruce could have only one fit striker for Sunday with Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto still to prove their fitness despite returning to training this week.