Andy Carroll’s recovery programme goes up a further level at the end of the week when the Belgian medics overseeing the player’s training regime return home!
Claretandhugh has learned exclusively that the striker is now almost ready to return to training with the first team.
Until now the medics from the rehab clinic have been in charge of every step of his training regime but will leave for Belgium this weekend leaving specific instructions with the club’s medical staff.
It’s a significant moment for the player and club who are struggling in fourth from bottom place in the Premier League.
Carroll has been training alone since returning to the club under the eyes of the assessors but having passed running, twisting and turning and kicking exercises is now around 10 days away from a return to training with the first team squad.
A source told us exclsuively: “There has been a lot of speculation – much of it wayward about a possible return date.
“Andy has done really well. The foot is as strong as its ever been and we would be hopeful he may play a part in the game against West Bromwich Albion on 28 January.”