Chris Hughton content with Andy Carroll situation


Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton is adamant that he handled Andy Carroll's injury worries in the best possible way after the striker made his England debut on Wednesday night.

The powerful forward was struggling with a minor groin problem and Hughton contacted the Football Association to voice his concerns ahead of the clash against France.

Carroll subsequently played over 70 minutes in the 2-1 loss at Wembley, despite the Magpies boss wanting his prized asset to be rested.

But Hughton was pleased to see him come through the test unscathed.

There was concern (over Carroll), that is true," he told the Chronicle. "The unfortunate bit for us was it made the papers.

"The lines of communication between us and the FA were correct, but it got out. Both parties are very happy with how we conducted ourselves.

"We're aware of the problem he had. Hopefully he is available for the weekend.

"When we assessed Andy on Sunday, it looked like he wouldn't be able to play. We sent him down to England and over the two or three days there was enough of a recovery to play.

"I'm delighted for him to make his debut – it was special night for him. It was hard for Andy. He didn't get the opportunities and service, but he did very, very well.

"He worked hard and kept possession and he should be happy."

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