Newcastle striker ​Andy Carroll has picked up a rib injury in training, ruling him out of the Magpies' upcoming clash with Manchester City on Saturday.


The striker re-signed for his hometown club in the summer and has made seven appearances so far. However, he is yet to start a game, with the Englishman only managing 124 minutes of football up to this point. 

Andy Carroll

Following an operation on his ankle back in March, ​Newcastle have needed to carefully manage his workload, with it ​reported that he would be unlikely to start a game until 2020. Carroll also missed the clash with Wolves recently ​due to a groin injury.


​Sportsmail are now reporting that he has suffered yet another setback and will miss out on the upcoming tussle with ​City on Saturday. The report reveals that he picked up a rib injury in training and although he is ruled out for the weekend's game, it is not yet clear the exact length of time he will be out for.


This will come as a major blow for both the player and the club. Steve Bruce's men currently sit 14th in the Premier League, having picked up 15 points from their opening 13 matches. However, only bottom club Watford have scored fewer goals this season than the Magpies, who have managed just 11.

Joelinton

In comparison, their next opponents have netted 37 times already. Further to this, CarrollMiguel Almirón, Allan Saint-Maximin, Yoshinori Muto, Dwight Gayle and Christian Atsu are all yet to score in the league this season, while big-money summer arrival Joelinton has managed just the solitary goal.


Bruce will be keen to see Carroll make a swift return, with the fixtures beginning to come around more frequently. After Saturday's match, the Magpies face a trip to take on Sheffield United on Thursday before hosting Southampton in a crucial clash the following weekend.