Andy Carroll reportedly won’t kick a ball for Newcastle United again this year.

Andy Carroll could be forgiven for believing that Saturday’s cameo against Brighton signalled the start of his second spell at Newcastle United.

But it might be a while before he gets another taste.

The Newcastle striker, who re-signed for the Magpies this past summer, made his second debut last weekend with eight minutes in the 0-0 draw with the Seagulls at St James’s Park.

But according to The Telegraph., the 30-year-old hitman might not play again this side of Christmas.

Carroll’s career has been decimated by injury problems in recent years and suffice to say that Newcastle fans aren’t thrilled with this news.

It leaves United boss Steve Bruce a little light on striking options.

Yes, he has a £40 million marksman in the form of Joelinton, but the Brazilian has only netted once since his big-money switch to Tyneside as he continues to adapt to English football.

It’s not an ideal situation with Carroll, given that Bruce’s side are 17th in the Premier League, but the return of Dwight Gayle soon might alleviate some pressure on Joelinton.

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