Despite re-signing for the club in the summer, Newcastle United forward Andy Carroll has yet to make his second debut under Steve Bruce.
The former Liverpool and Hammers’ forward has been struggling with an ankle injury since the end of last season and has returned to light training after a second surgery on the problem [Source: The Chronicle].
With the 30-year-old edging towards a second debut, Bruce will be eager to utilise the powerful forward, who will surely be chomping at the bit to get going this season.
Carroll has failed to hit the ground running at any club after leaving Newcastle back in 2011, only scoring a combined 45 goals in 200 games.
That is compared to his first stint in the North East, where he managed to score 33 goals in only 90 appearances, and what Bruce would do to get some of those goals in his side.
After a visit to a specialist and having been back out on the training pitch, there will be an air of optimism surrounding the fitness of Carroll, who could certainly be facing a make or break week for the Magpies.