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Andy Carroll in line for second Newcastle debut

Andy Carroll is in line for a second Newcastle United debut against Brighton tomorrow.

Carroll hasn't played since February towards the end of an injury-plagued six years at West Ham, and underwent surgery to address a long-standing ankle problem in April.

However, the striker, who returned to Newcastle on a free transfer in August, is now closing in on a return to first team football after impressing in training.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: "As long as he comes through today (Friday) OK - touch wood, he'll come through today OK - but yes, he will be involved, which is good news for all of us.

"At the top end of the pitch, him and Allan Saint-Maximin as well, we have been a little bit short - and Dwight Gayle is another one - so we have had limited options up top, but certainly the return of Andy and Allan give us something which obviously can only benefit us."

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