Carroll could hand Pardew a welcome boost

ANDY Carroll could be back in time to face Fulham next week as Alan Pardew revealed the striker is starting to show some positive signs in his recovery from a thigh strain.

Andy Carroll

ANDY Carroll could be back in time to face Fulham next week as Alan Pardew revealed the striker is starting to show some positive signs in his recovery from a thigh strain.

United’s injury problems are mounting with Danny Guthrie twisting his ankle in the draw with Spurs, but the Newcastle boss is starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel regarding his star striker.

Newcastle are continuing to work on new signings and hope to have two new bodies in before the close of the window in eight days time as the squad head off to Portugal for some warm weather training.

He said: “We need one or two to come in, or one or two to come back and we think Andy Carroll looks close.

“He looks better this week so he has a good chance and could feature at Fulham which would be a massive bonus.

“There may be another body in over the next ten days, which would be a good lift for everybody.

“We are going out to Portugal. We couldn’t train on Friday, it was a beautiful sunny day, but when you haven’t got a heated training ground, which Mike (Ashley) is going to address, you can’t train and we had to go indoors again.

“We will be away until Thursday to do some morning and afternoon stuff and hopefully show a couple of videos of the last five minutes of matches so we can show them how to see games out.” Steve Harper is likely to remain on Tyneside as his wife is about to give birth, although the United goalkeeper is also keen to see another new arrival this week.

He said: “We need a break with the size of squad we have and the injuries.

“It is good the lads who have been putting a shift in can get a bit of respite and hopefully we will get one or two in before the next game.

“We need one or two, and when you see the players we have been linked with, you hope they can bring in that type of quality.

“I am sure the people upstairs are working hard and it would be great to bring in that quality because it gives fans, management and the players a lift to see quality players coming in.”

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