Newcastle allay fitness fears over Andy Carroll

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Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has allayed fears that in-form striker Andy Carroll is set for a spell on the sidelines.

Carroll has scored four goals in three appearances for the Magpies in the opening weeks of the new Premier League season despite being troubled by an ankle problem.

The England Under-21 striker missed the recent international double-header in a bid to improve his condition.

Magpies boss Hughton now expects the powerful frontman to be available for Saturday's trip to Blackpool.

"He's doing okay but he still hasn't trained. We have to make sure he is rid of the problem," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"When it happened before the Wolves game he didn't train for five days and there was still a lot of swelling afterwards.

"We're confident he'll be okay for Blackpool, but as always we'll continue to assess his fitness throughout the week."

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