Andy Carroll

By Dan King

Magpies striker Andy Carroll has revealed his immense frustration at missing out on Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby - and his desire to keep scoring goals for his beloved Newcastle United.

The England international has been ruled out with a thigh injury, denying him the opportunity to play in what would have been his third derby following the 1-1 draw in February 2009 and last October's famous 5-1 win.

But he is likely to be back in first-team contention by the end of the month, and is already excited about pulling on the shirt of his boyhood club again.

Speaking exclusively to nufc.co.uk, Carroll said: "The win against Sunderland at St. James' Park was one of the highlights of my career, a truly magical afternoon, which makes missing Sunday's game all the more disappointing.

"These are the sort of games everyone wants to be involved in - the best derby in the country as far as I'm concerned - but I'm sure the lads who do play will do themselves, the club, and the supporters proud."

Carroll, who signed a five-year contract extension with The Magpies earlier this season, has 11 goals so far this season and can't wait to add to his Toon tally on his return.

He said: "From my point of view, injuries are unfortunately part and parcel of a footballer's life and you just have to get your head down, get fit, and look forward to playing again - and for me, pulling on that black and white number nine shirt and scoring goals for Newcastle United is the best feeling in the world."