Skipper Smith Fit For Sunday Night at Stoke

Alan Smith is set to hand Sam Allardyce a boost ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup Third Round clash at Stoke City. And Sam needs any boost he can get, as do the Newcastle fans, who must be quite numb after yet another defeat on Wednesday evening.

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Alan Smith – skipper recovered nicely from his concussion

The new Newcastle captain watched from the stands during Wednesday’s defeat against Man City. Alan had suffered severe concussion following a bad clash of heads with team-mate Abdoulaye Faye at Chelsea on Saturday. Both came out of the clash injured, but Faye’s shoulder cleared up, and he again played very well on Wednesday evening against Manchester City. Faye looks a giant when he plays in defensive midfield for Newcastle and is turning out to be a good buy by Big Sam. One of the few positives, along with the form and grit of Habib Beye, over the last couple of weeks.

But the 27-year-old Smith had to be hospitalized over Saturday night because of the concussion, and Newcastle were very wise not to include Alan in their squad on Wednesday evening.

Smith told nufc.co.uk this morning that he is confident he’ll be OK to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday evening:

“I’m doing OK, at least I know where I am now,”“But I think I’ll be fine for Sunday so fingers crossed.”

It’s going to be a crucial game on Sunday evening and the game is being televised worldwide, probably because there is a possible upset in the making. But we don’t want any more upsets, and quite honestly we’ll be happy with a draw on the night, our realistic expectations having been suitably lowered over the Christmas period.

Comments always welcome.