Andy Carroll nervous over Newcastle return

Carroll nervous over Newcastle return as 35m flop heads back home with Liverpool

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09:36 GMT, 28 March 2012

Andy Carroll expects to have an attack of nerves when he returns to Newcastle at the weekend.

The former Magpies No 9 has not played at St James' Park since his 35million move to Liverpool in January 2011.

He has faced his old employers twice and failed to score on both occasions – much to the delight of the Toon Army inside Anfield.

Homeward bound: Andy Carroll goes to Newcastle with Liverpool on Sunday

Homeward bound: Andy Carroll goes to Newcastle with Liverpool on Sunday

It will be a cracking atmosphere on Tyneside this Sunday and Carroll told The Journal: 'I don't usually get nervous but this might be a bit different.

'All of my family and friends will be there but they're so big on football I'm not sure who they'll be supporting.'

Carroll does not expect a warm welcome but still considers himself a fan of the club he scored 33 goals in 91 games for.

He added: 'It's great to see Newcastle doing so well. I support them, was brought up there and was lucky enough to have played for them. They will always mean something.'

The England international has struggled for goals since moving to Merseyside with just eight to his name in a Reds shirt.

Carroll last scored in the 6-1 FA Cup win over Brighton on February 19.

Talk of the Toon: Carroll was loved by the Newcastle fans before he left for Anfield

Talk of the Toon: Carroll was loved by the Newcastle fans before he left for Anfield