Darren Bent has had his say following the bewildering news that Newcastle striker Andy Carroll only trained twice a week before latest groin injury.
The ex-Sunderland forward, speaking to Football Insider, has stated that he is shocked by Steve Bruce’s admission that Carroll did not partake in first team training every day – insisting the Magpies haven’t got time to wait on him returning to his best.
Carroll, in total, has made 94 appearances on Tyneside for his boyhood club – but has only played 89 minutes so far for the Magpies this season in his four brief cameos.
Newcastle signed the former Liverpool forward on a one0year deal following his release by West Ham, but now it’s even more unlikely Carroll will rediscover the form of his St. James’ Park glory days thanks to a fresh groin injury.
Bent, who scored 36 goals in 63 appearances for the Magpies’ arch rivals, via Transfermarkt, had his say following the reveal of Carroll’s training regime, stating:
“If he was fully fit and they signed him, I would say great signing, bring him back home, get a lot out of him,” Bent told Football Insider.
“With Andy Carroll at the minute, he’s training twice a week – they must be having to wrap him up in cotton wool a lot. Unfortunately as a centre forward, you don’t have that luxury, you don’t have that time.
“Newcastle at the minute need goals and points now. They don’t have time to go over the next couple of months, let’s ease him in. They need him now. You think ‘When is it going to get better?’”
Bruce’s side host Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday, looking to bounce back and pick up crucial home points in their bid for survival.
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