Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Have No Quarrel with FA; Carroll Is Fine to Face Bolton: UNITED HAVE NO: QUARREL WITH FA

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Have No Quarrel with FA; Carroll Is Fine to Face Bolton: UNITED HAVE NO: QUARREL WITH FA

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Byline: Luke Edwards

CHRIS Hughton has denied Newcastle ever intended to withdraw Andy Carroll from the England squad to face France as United's manager looks to stop any talk of a row between the club and the FA.

Although there have been reports of tension between Carroll's employers and England manager Fabio Capello, Hughton insists this is not the case.

Instead, the Magpies manager argued they had merely been discussing Carroll's fitness through the proper channels as the groin injury the striker picked up against Fulham last weekend looked far more serious than it was.

1 friendly defeat to France on Wednesday night, but he has not aggravated the injury and he is expected to start against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

"We went through the appropriate channels," said Hughton, who also welcomed Shola Ameobi back to full training yesterday, which means Newcastle could have their first-choice strikeforce on display at the Reebok Stadium.

"It was just unfortunate for us that something came out. We would have preferred to do our talking in private, but all we did do was voice our concerns.

"After the game on Saturday we assessed him on the Sunday morning and at that stage he looked extremely doubtful not only for Wednesday, but also for the weekend. "What we did not tell them was that we wanted to pull him out of the squad, at no stage did we say that.

We were conscious that one or two days can make a difference (with an injury). We raised our concerns, but we still allowed him to go because that was the right thing to do. The fact is that he did play and the England medical team were very sure that he was able to play. I am quite sure that when it got to the stage, on Wednesday, that if he wasn't fit to play then they wouldn't have risked him. …

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