Andy Carroll hasn’t played for Newcastle since January 14th.
On that day he came off the bench to replace Miguel Almiron as the Magpies eased into the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Since then, Carroll has been out with injury. And the longer he’s out, the more frustrated fans are with him.
The sentiment has rubbed off for some supporters, who believe bringing Carroll back has been a waste of time.
He has done some good, providing some crucial assists earlier in the season. But more was expected after a decent start. Instead, he’s gone backwards.
However, could the Premier League and FA’s decision to postpone games actually help the forward?
Newcastle won’t play until April 4th at the earliest, with games against Sheffield United and Manchester City now set to be rearranged.
In an ideal world, the season will be extended into the summer rather than just be cancelled.
So that means Carroll has more time to get fit and potentially earn another year at St James’ Park.
According to the Sun, Carroll needs to play 20 times this season to have his contract extended automatically. So far he’s played 14 times, starting four games.
That means the 31-year-old needs six more appearances to get a new deal.
It looks unlikely, but the delay in fixtures certainly boosts Carroll’s hopes of continuing his Newcastle career.