Newcastle’s Czech defender David Rozehnal is confident of being fit to face West Ham on Sunday.
David told www.nufc.co.uk yesterday that he is in some discomfort following Monday night’s game, but is still hoping to be in the line-up against West Ham United this weekend.
Let’s see what David, who’s one of Sam’s very best captures of the summer, has to say.
David Rozehnal – should be fit for Sunday
This is what David told the nufc.co.uk web-site:
“My leg was really painful after the game,” “I went in the air for a header and then came down heavily and got a kick.“
“But it was me who did it to myself and it came at a bad time during the game.â€ “But I hope I will be OK in time for West Ham.”
It was a tremendously physical game for David on Monday â€“ up against Howard and Miller, but he has done well in settling down in the Premier league and we think he will just get better as the season progresses. He certainly seems to be able take the physical challenges that you always get in English football, even if it’s painful.
Newcastle are well endowed with tough center-backs this season in Cacapa, Taylor and Faye as well as Rozehnal, so if there’s any doubt with Rozehnal for Sunday, it’s probably wise to give him a rest for the day, since there are 3 games in 6 days coming up.
Taylor could then have a run out at center-back. As we mentioned yesterday, it’s going to be interesting to see just how much Sam will change the side that just didn’t produce on Monday night. We feel Sam will want to play both new boys Faye and Beye, and while we can see Beye coming in at right-back we’re not sure where Faye will get a game.
Abdoulaye did come on in central midfield to make his Newcastle debut on Monday night. However, we are not missing the defensive qualities Faye has – but need more creativity in midfield that only Barton and Emre – and maybe N’Zogbia can provide. It would be nice to perhaps give young Charles a run-out in central midfield. It’s worth a try because it can easily be changed if it doesn’t work. Charles seems to be able to do whatever Sam asks of him this season so as we said – it’s worth a try at least until Emre and Barton are fit again.
How do you think we can solve our lack of creativity in midfield until Emre and Barton are back?
Let us know – comments always welcome.