Newcastle striker Andy Carroll must live with captain

Andy Carroll Andy Carroll has recently signed a new contract with Newcastle

Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll has appeared in court charged with assaulting his former girlfriend.

The 21-year-old is accused of attacking Laurie Henderson at her home in Ponteland, Northumberland, in the early hours of Sunday.

He was granted bail on condition he lives with club captain Kevin Nolan until a further appearance in January.

The court heard Mr Carroll, who gave his address as Newcastle's Jesmond Dene Hotel, will claim self-defence.

New contract

Magistrates agreed Mr Carroll does not have to stay overnight at Mr Nolan's home when Newcastle are playing.

The player was also told he must not contact any prosecution witnesses. The case was adjourned until 10 January.

The striker helped Newcastle earn promotion back to the Premier League after being relegated to the Championship in 2009.

He recently signed a new five-year contract with Newcastle.

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