Carroll injured in six-hour, 30 Jagerbomb bender - Exclusive
Published 23:00 07/01/11 By Jeremy Armstrong
England soccer star Andy Carroll was left in agony after a drunken fall from a casino bar stool at 5am, it was claimed yesterday.
Carroll, 22, had just ordered 30 “Jagerbombs” – a potent mix of spirit Jagermeister and Red Bull energy drink – for himself and 15 pals.
Next day the £20million striker’s club, Newcastle United, announced that a thigh injury would rule him out of at least three games.
The Geordie – who picked up an injury in United’s match against Spurs on December 28 – was on a six-hour bender until 6.30am on December 30 at Aspers Casino in Newcastle.
As well as FOUR Jagerbombs, 6ft 4in Carroll downed TWO pints of Fosters and around SIX bottles of Peroni.
Witnesses saw him slump down with his head in his hands after the Jagerbombs and one Peroni. Then all of a sudden he perked up, alert, “like a meerkat”.
He stood up on the leg rest of the stool which tipped over. He then smashed against the floor of the bar area and was clutching his leg, shouting out in pain.
But his mates stood around laughing as Carroll lay in agony.
Shortly afterwards his female companion was seen massaging his leg at the roulette table – where he fell off another stool.
Then he limped off to a private function room, where he downed five more Peronis and sang on the karaoke machine before finally leaving alone at 6.30am. The following day, United boss Alan Pardew told journalists about an injury.
Carroll apparently reported his injury after the Spurs game. But it was decided not to make that injury public until it had been properly assessed.
That assessment was done on December 29, before Carroll went to the casino. The club doctor has examined Carroll regularly since then and a source close to the player said the doctor would dispute the injury being made worse. But gambler Simon Cook, 28, who witnessed the second fall in Aspers, said: “I could not believe his behaviour. He was absolutely hammered.
“When I went back to work my mates were telling me how he was going to sit out three games because of an injury. I couldn’t believe it. I knew how it really happened.”
Carroll, who has just signed a new, £27,000-a-week, five-year contract, has been a regular at Aspers this season.
Carroll was with United captain Kevin Nolan at Aspers after the Toon’s 5-1 win over Sunderland in November.
He went on another huge bender on December 7 – the day after manager Chris Hughton was sacked.
Carroll is currently on a “mid season” break in Dubai and due back this week. He will take a fitness test on Thursday to see if he will be fit for next weekend’s match against Sunderland.
Newcastle United declined to comment on the incident last night.