Newcastle pledge support for Andy Carroll

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Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton has vowed to stand by Andy Carroll and provide support for the troubled striker.

Carroll, 21, was charged with assault on Monday following reports of an alleged altercation with a former girlfriend.

"With everything you have to learn by your mistakes," said Hughton."All individuals are different but these are issues we have to deal with.

"The most important thing is to give him the support and the guidance he needs and that he continues to keep doing what he does right on the training pitch and in matches.

"From my point of view and the club's point of view, these are the things we have to deal with and we have to deal with them in the appropriate manner."

Meanwhile, Hughton has confirmed that the four-goal striker could still be included in the squad for Saturday's trip to West Ham United.

"I have decisions to make regarding the squad but all those decisions will be made solely on footballing reasons," he added.

"With Andy, he has concentrated very much on his football.

"He is a strong-minded individual and I am quite sure he will be in the right frame of mind to play football, quite sure."

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