Steve Bruce stressed the importance of keeping Andy Carroll injury free
Muhammad muktar hudu
Sept. 21, 2019
'We're going to have to manage him in the right way… the big thing is his ankles': Steve Bruce desperate to keep Andy Carroll injury-free as he speaks of delight at seeing Newcastle hero make long-awaited return to the pitch
Steve Bruce was left delighted after Andy Carroll made his second Newcastle debut against Brighton on Saturday but admitted that the striker will have to be managed carefully.
Carroll rejoined Newcastle in the summer but had to wait to play while he worked his way back to fitness.
The striker entered the fray in the 82nd minute as Newcastle drew 0-0 with Brighton at St James' Park.
Bruce admitted that, given his well documented struggles with injuries, Newcastle will have to work hard to keep Carroll fit.
Bruce told Sky Sports: 'We're just delighted to see him back on the pitch. He's worked extremely hard. He lifts the crowd. He's a handful, if he stays fit he'll be ok.
'We're going to have to manage him in the right way. The big thing is his ankles. Let's hope now that he's injury free.
'We noticed in training he's got that bit of presence, the respect because of what he's achieved. If you've got a big Andy Carroll in there, you've got to play to his strengths.'
Carroll was playing his first game since February and will undoubtedly take time to get up to speed, but he could prove to be a valuable asset for Newcastle once he is fully sharp.
Another player who is looking to make a major impact for Newcastle is Allan Saint-Maximin, with the summer signing also featuring as a substitute against Brighton.
Saint-Maximin suffered an injury against Tottenham but has looked lively in his appearances for Newcastle so far.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes that Saint-Maximin is capable of providing Newcastle with an extra edge.
Redknapp said: 'Saint-Maximin when he came on, he looked dynamite. He lifted the crowd and gave them something different.'
Newcastle are currently in 17th place in the Premier League having taken five points from their first six games.
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