Newcastle United’s Andy Carroll suffers injury setback

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NEWCASTLE striker Carroll has suffered a setback on his return from injury – and could be sidelined for several more weeks, writes MILES STARFORTH.

The England international had gone to Portugal with his club-mates in the hope he would return to training ahead of next Wednesday night’s game against Fulham.

And Carroll – who has missed Newcastle’s last five games with a thigh problem – will see a specialist in Sweden tomorrow.

“We brought him here (to Portugal) to start running, and the disappointing news is that he hasn’t,” said manager Alan Pardew.

“His injury is in the muscle, just above the tendon where it joins the knee, so it’s not an area that gets great circulation, and therefore doesn’t heal quickly.

“We’re hoping we can turn him around quickly, but now I have to say that Fulham is definitely out, and possibly even Arsenal. We can’t rush him back.”

Meanwhile, former Everton midfielder Dan Gosling is facing further surgery after his knee swelled up last week after he made his comeback from long-term injury.

* Sammy Ameobi notched a penalty consolation for Newcastle Reserves in last night’s 5-1 Premier Reserve League defeat at Manchester City.

* Newcastle host Grimsby in the FA Youth Cup at St James’s Park tonight (7pm).

* Newcastle defender Matthew Grieve, on loan at League Two strugglers Stockport, has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a fractured cheekbone.