Sam talked today about Newcastleâ€™s injury situation ahead of the upcoming Christmas flurry of games.
Damien Duff - doing well in training to get get back into the squad
Our squad is not the biggest in the Premiership, and thatâ€™s one thing we need to do in the summer, to build the squad in terms of both quality and quantity. Hopefully weâ€™ll be in Europe again, and weâ€™ll need a bigger squad because of the greater number of games.
Sam Allardyce is aware that our squad could be stretched if injuries and suspensions are picked up over the Christmas period. He told the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œWeâ€™ve got Steven Taylor available again after the Fulham game and thatâ€™s good. Weâ€™ve also got Abdoulaye Faye, Stephen Carr and Damien Duff getting close, while Shola Ameobi had a game in midweek as well which he will benefit from.â€
â€œThey will all be vital for us, we are going to need every single player over the course of the next fortnight. All that is left is to get Michael (Owen) back and weâ€™ll have pretty much a full squad to pick from, at least until the four lads go away for the African Cup of Nations.â€
It does look like Steven Taylor can play on Sunday and then Faye, Carr and Damien Duff could well be available for our game at Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day, which is a 3:00 pm kick-off. It will be great to have Damien Duff back in the squad, and he may well be on the bench for our home game against Manchester City on Wednesday 2nd January. KO 7:45 pm.
We know the Newcastle fans will give the Irishman a tremendous hand, having come back from a terrible and career threatening ankle injury.
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