Andy Carroll famously cost Liverpool £35 million in 2011 but on Saturday he could line up against Nottingham Forest.

The 32-year-old has signed a two-month contract with Reading after training with the Championship outfit.

He has been without a club since departing Newcastle at the end of last season following a pretty poor spell.

Carroll has typically struggled with injuries throughout his career but last season was particularly frustrating.

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He started just four games in the Premier League and managed just a single goal for the Magpies.

Carroll has had some moments during his career and scored twice in nine appearances for England.

He has also played for West Ham and spent time on loan with Preston North End.

In 248 outings in the Premier League, Carroll has found the net 54 times and helped himself to 30 assists.

He has also played in 50 Championship matches, scoring 18 goals.

 

Kenny Daglish perhaps hit the nail on the head with regards to Carroll back in 2012.

The then Liverpool boss said that Carroll ‘works really hard and gives everything he’s got’, before a Carabao Cup Final.

Carroll now has just two months to prove himself at Reading and he could make his debut against Forest on Saturday.

Should Carroll scare Forest?

There’s not really anything at the moment that guarantees he will start against the Reds on Saturday.

It is likely to depend on his fitness and everyone knows how Carroll struggles with that aspect.

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If he does play, Forest will have to be on their guard.

He is a target man who is a prowess in the air and the central defenders will need to guard against complacency.

Carroll hasn’t proved a bad player during his career and now he’ll hope to prove a point with Reading.

Forest fans will be hoping he can wait until after this weekend.

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