Damien Duff may be a slight doubt for tomorrowâ€™s FA Cup 3rd round tie at Stoke City with a slight calf problem.
Damien Duff – slight calf problem for Stoke game
But having just returned from a long 8 months out with an ankle injury Big Sam doesnâ€™t necessarily think Damien will be out for long this time. Sam told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œWe donâ€™t think it is too serious,â€ â€œIf he is ruled out it will only be one game.â€â€œ It came because he got a big kick (on Wednesday) when (Nedum) Onuoha brought him down.â€
If Damien cannot play tomorrow then itâ€™s a perfect chance for Sam to bring in Jose Enrique, who looked good and ready to play against Manchester City on Wednesday night. Jose came on in the second half and looked solid and that could allow our best attacker right now, Charles Nâ€™Zogbia, to play in his preferred left wing position.
The only thing that could possibly stop that is Sam may not want to play a 4-4-2 formation and prefer his more defensive 4-3-3 line-up. But weâ€™d like to see Enrique given a full game at left back and have Charles play up front. When we play Nâ€™Zogbia at left back, we are tying both his hands behind his back and stopping his free flowing attacking style â€“ which we badly need in the team right now.
And why not attack Stoke City?Â Â After all, they are in a division lower than us.