Newcastle rule Carroll out of Spurs clash
Published 15:46 19/01/11 By MirrorFootball
Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has lost his battle to be fit for Saturday's Barclays Premier League meeting with Tottenham.
The 22-year-old had hoped to return after missing the last four games, including the Wear-Tyne derby trip to Sunderland, with a thigh injury.
Manager Alan Pardew too was keeping his fingers crossed that the club's leading scorer would be available against the club which has been repeatedly linked with a big-money move for him during the January transfer window.
However, the Magpies have confirmed Carroll will miss out once again, but that he is likely to resume at Fulham on Wednesday, February 2.
In the absence of the 11-goal striker, Newcastle have won two and drawn one of the three Barclays Premier League games they have played, with Shola Ameobi scoring the winner at Wigan and Leon Best plundering a hat-trick in a 5-0 rout of West Ham.
Their only defeat during Carroll's lay-off has been the shock 3-1 FA Cup third round embarrassment at Stevenage.
Meanwhile, midfielder Alan Smith was in London today undergoing scans on the ankle he injured at Sunderland.
The 30-year-old left the Stadium of Light on crutches after limping off before the break, and it is feared he could face several weeks on the sidelines.