ANDY CARROLL is training just TWO days a week as Steve Bruce attempts to manage his fitness.
The Newcastle striker, 30, has made four straight substitute appearances after recovering from an ankle operation.
But boss Bruce has tailored a specialist programme for Carroll – who re-joined the Toon on a free transfer in the summer – which he hopes will enable him to start a match soon.
Newcastle’s £40million club-record signing Joelinton has so far started every Premier League game this season up front on his own.
But the Brazilian, 23, has scored only one goal and Bruce could take him out of the firing line on Sunday against Wolves – with a fit-again Dwight Gayle now also pushing with Carroll for a place.
Explaining a normal week ahead of a Saturday fixture, Bruce said: “Andy has got his schedule now. He trains for two days.
“On Tuesday we have a big physical day and on Thursday he comes to the fore.
“Hopefully, in the next week or two weeks, he will be in a position where we can start him.
“If we can keep him fit, that’s the big challenge for everyone.
“He’s had four weeks where he’s played.
“We all know what a very good player he is – we just have to keep him on the pitch. So far, so good.”
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