While we donâ€™t want to tempt fate we think our injury situation is improving nicely at the club.
We have just four out injured and two of them, Ameobi and Viduka are touch and go for the Monday night game.
Ramage and Duff are longer term injuries with Damien due back in training in 2 weeks.
Big Sam – pleased all players on International duty returned to the club fit
Sam talked today about how pleased he is that every player on International duty has reported back to the club fit and ready to go in the Monday night game.
â€œI expected Michael to be OK, and thatâ€™s exactly what we have got.â€
â€œAlan Smith, who didnâ€™t play in Russia, also had an injury. But the medical staff with England have looked after him and he is OK, although the sad thing for him is that he is suspended.â€
â€œThose two players, as well as all the other players on international duty â€“ Steven Taylor, James Milner, Charles Nâ€™Zogbia, Oba Martins, Geremi, David Rozehnal, Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye and Shay Given â€“ have all reported back with no problems, and thatâ€™s a massive bonus for me.â€
Thatâ€™s extremely good news for Newcastle since there had to be doubts about Owen and Emre getting injured again. But that didnâ€™t happen and we have four out injured right now, Ramage, Duff, Ameobi and Viduka, but the latter two are almost ready, but probably not for the Tottenham game.
â€œâ€œWe are very pleased to say that every international player who has been away â€“ all 14 of them â€“ have either rung in or come in over the last 24 hours and have reported back fit, so that is really pleasing.â€
â€œOur job now is to make sure we look at the fatigue factor on each individual player and tailor the training in the next 48 hours to suitâ€
Monday night’s game will not be easy but it should be a closely contested match between two of the better teams in the league. The key to the match for Newcastle will be the defense which has misfired just a bit these last few games. It would be really nice to have a clean sheet and a 1-0 win would be very good – thank you very much.
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