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.
Who'd have though signing someone with a huge history or fitness issues would mean he can't play much. Our club is run by absolute cretins in almost every dept— Raj Bithal (@Biffarinho) September 24, 2019
Good to know our Head Coach checked this sort of thing out before signing him. What a waste of a squad position.— Chris Billany (@cbil1984) September 24, 2019
Apart from looking at another forward player, I hope they realize we are a man short in CM.— Dan NUFC82 (@dan2882) September 24, 2019
"Newcastle fear Andy Carroll will not start a game this year as ankle rehabilitation continues"— Gooders (@RobGooders) September 24, 2019
Colour me shocked!
hes only going to be playign 20 minutes a game anyway. hes opnly copver for joelinton. so hope he doesnt get hurt :D— B 2.0 (@JMAG1892_2) September 24, 2019
It was a signing to try to get fans on board ! obviously medical staff have not done there home work here if this is true ? Good luck AC hope it works out— Tony Cornfoot (@Tonyc1234) September 24, 2019
Signing Carroll was always just a PR stunt. Tbf, it has worked with a large proportion of the NUFC support— Wallace Wilson (@WallaceHWilson) September 24, 2019
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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