Newcastle United head to the London Stadium to face West Ham United on Saturday afternoon, and they go to the capital with a key offensive option back for the match.
The Magpies are one of the lowest scorers in the Premier League, so having as many attacking players to call upon as possible is a significant boost.
With that in mind, it is very much a positive for Newcastle boss Steve Bruce that Andy Carroll is fit again to face his former club, providing a striking option for the Tyneside outfit, even if it is only something different off the bench.
The Magpies manager confirmed the veteran forward is available, and commented on what he wants to see from him, when he addressed the media ahead of the match.
“Andy Carroll has been training for the last couple of days. He’ll come into the squad if he is stays okay today. It’s still too early for Matt Ritchie and that goes for Fab Schär as well.” the Newcastle official website quotes him as saying.
“We hope he can string a few weeks together on the training ground. It’s a groin injury which is, thankfully, nothing to do with his ankle. I’m sure we’ll keep asking the question because it’s Andy so we hope he’ll remain okay. For this weekend, he is available for selection which is good.”
The flip side of having Carroll back is that midfielder Matt Ritchie and defender Fabian Schar will both miss the game, with the Magpies boss providing an update on the latter.
“We think maybe after this weekend and we’ll see how he is, he (Fabian Schär) could be OK for Bournemouth. If not, we may have to wait after the international break. He has been sore for a while with his knee so we’ll just have to wait and see but we don’t think it’s too serious.”
Elsewhere, Newcastle will be without the suspended Sean Longstaff after his red card against Wolves last week, but Isaac Hayden returns from his own ban.