Abdoulaye Faye will have a fighting chance of making the team tomorrow night against Manchester City at St. James’ Park.
Faye – no break in arm following a scan
That’s the good news for Big Sam today, as Faye emerged from a scan on his injured arm, that showed there is no break, and he has a good chance of lining up against the high-flying Manchester City side.
The two injuries Newcastle had on Saturday were caused when Faye collided with Smith, and Faye fell awkwardly on his arm. But Alan Smith was concussed, and finally had to leave the field with 30 minutes still remaining in the game. Alan then spent Saturday night overnight in a Newcastle hospital as a precaution.
But we’re not sure it’s ever wise to risk a player, who has just had a concussion, and Big Sam spoke to the Evening Chronicle today about Alan’s condition:
â€œAlan Smith is extremely doubtful for tomorrow night.â€
â€œDonâ€™t forget he was knocked unconscious at Stamford Bridge and had a bad dose of concussion, and it does not look as though we have enough time for him to recover.â€
â€œBut there was nothing on Abdoulaye Fayeâ€™s scan and he should be OK for tomorrow night.â€
Faye looked very strong in his midfield holding role on Saturday and he certainly looked the massive physical specimen he is, at 6’2â€ tall. Quite a presence in our midfield was Abdoulaye on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce spoke about Faye playing midfield against Chelsea:
â€œHe likes this position as much as he likes playing as a central defender and he is adept in both of them.”
â€œChelsea had some good players in their midfield on Saturday in the likes of Michael Ballack and Mikel, and Abdoulaye more than held his own against them.â€
So it looks like Faye will be OK tomorrow but Smith will not. And we believe the game could be a good game to watch since Manchester play some good football and Sam will have Newcastle attacking and going for the win.
A win and 3 points would be so good tomorrow night.
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