Big Sam spoke today on some of our injuries, and said Sunday would be too early for Jose Enrique, but that he could well be involved at the Emirates stadium on Tuesday evening in the Carling Cup.
But it looks like Mark Viduka and Owen are both ready to go on Sunday â€“ so that’s good.
Sam Allardyce – Viduka and Owen all set to start on Sunday
Sam said this morning:
“Mark Viduka should be back on Sunday, which is good news,”
“I don’t know if we missed him against Derby as such because the team’s performance was so far below the level of what we expect, but it’ll be nice to have him available again.”
That will be good because we did miss Mark against Derby County. Shola Ameobi had a poor game and so we had nobody as our target man and nobody to hold the ball up. We hope we can now keep Mark fit from now on in, and keep those hamstring problems away.
“There is nothing more to say about Michael Owen other than what the club has already said.â€
“He is fine to play against West Ham. There is a small problem, but he does not need a hernia operation or anything like that. We hope Michael will be fine to carry on playing without any sort of operation.”
Wonder if those reports about Michael needing an immediate hernia operation will go away. Must say we are getting a little fed up with all these false stories on Michael Owen. It cannot be any good for the player himself â€“ but we suppose Michael’s used to this kind of stuff by now.
Allardyce unfortunately said the West Ham game will come too early for Spanish new boy Jose Enrique. That’s a pity because we’d really like to see Jose get a run-out. His pedigree seems excellent and he’s a tough boy so the premiership should be suited to him. However, Sam says the 21-year-old left-back could have a big part to play next week as Newcastle go to Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday and then take on Man City in the league on Saturday morning.
“I don’t think any of the other injured players are going to be available for the West Ham game but Jose Enrique could be involved in the games next week, although he is still short of games in the Premier League and match sharpness,”
“Emre should also be back in full training over the weekend so he could play some part as well. It was nice to get Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye on the field on Monday night.â€
It’s good that Emre should be fit because Newcastle needs his creativity in midfield and it’s time for Emre to produce this season,. Emre’s been injured almost all season but we have top hope that that’s now behind him. It also looks like Sam would like to get Faye back in the team, somewhere.
Sam went on:
“Abdoulaye has played in the Premiership for two or three years with me at Bolton so he is okay to come straight in and make his presence felt straight away.â€
“Habib Beye has to find his way in English football and that could take a little bit more time. He got a little taste of what the Premier League is about on Monday night against Derby, albeit a very disappointing one, and he will be important to us in the next few weeks with all the games that are coming up.”
That’s the statement why we think Sam may not include Habib as a starter on Sunday, although we’d like to see Beye start at right-back. We think he can lock up that position this season at Newcastle as he’s a very experienced and capable player. Big Sam has also vowed his side will come out fighting when West Ham come to St. James’ Park on Sunday.
Thats’ what we need â€“ a very energetic start â€“ and then keep it up for the rest of the game. Much like the boys produced against Bolton in the first game of the season. We know the crowd will be behind the team, because a win will put us right back where we belong â€“ up there near the leaders for so early in the season.
And then we can go on from there. It will also give the team confidence for the upcoming games at Arsenal and Manchester City and we’re looking forward to an entertaining game on Sunday.