Damien Duff Doubtful For Stoke

Damien Duff may be a slight doubt for tomorrow’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 doesn’t necessarily think Damien will be out for long this time. Sam told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“We don’t think it is too serious,” “If he is ruled out it will only be one game.”“ It came because he got a big kick (on Wednesday) when (Nedum) Onuoha brought him down.”

If Damien cannot play tomorrow then it’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 N’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 we’d like to see Enrique given a full game at left back and have Charles play up front. When we play N’Zogbia at left back, we are tying both his hands behind his back and stopping his free flowing attacking style – which we badly need in the team right now.

And why not attack Stoke City?   After all, they are in a division lower than us.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • malaysian youngster

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #1

    n zogbia in left midfield?is tat ever possible.how many games did him play in midfield this season?or i shud ask how many minutes.waste of talent..

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    god damn it. duff ‘slight’ calf strain

    i have heard this before… please say it is only one game.

    but good things can come from this… if sam plays jose enrique at left back and charlie in his prefered position then great no problem…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Leo – Damien is a little injury prone.

  • toonfan1

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    has anyone heard if ben tozer is signing this transfer window or in the summer one? i heard from a mate that he is guna be shipped back on loan to swindon for the rest of the season.

  • George

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Its happening all over again.
    Injury after injury, when will they stop.
    One of the pluses with SA coming to toon was how he kept his players from injury, but that he seems to have left behind in Bolton.
    There has to be a reason for all these injuries that is being overlooked, because it has been going on for so long.
    Somebody please take a step back and find out what the problem is before we become known as Newcastle Disjointed.

  • Frankieboy

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Duff should get a job on the oil rigs……2 weeks on 2 weeks off.
    Leo: It woulb be a blessing but do you think it will happen ???
    He will still put Zog LB and either MIlner, Geremi,Smith, Emre or even Steve Harper LM than do what the world and his dog knows should be done.
    In fact Lauren Robert got more chance of playing there.

  • Steeley

    Jan 5, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    “play his more defensive 4-4-3″…..oh dear God Sam, please dont….dont make us the laughing stock of the footballing world by playing defensively against a Division 1 team!

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    a little injury prone… bit of an understatement

    frankieboy. i would ususally say no, but sam suprised me with 442 the other night so who knows. he may start trying to appease the fans to get them on his side again… that way is the only way forward for him

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    443 that is quite a formation. no goal keepers?

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10

    or goal keeper, i dont think your allowed two lol

  • shirts

    Jan 5, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Too bad about duff. I thought he looked good the last few games. Hopefully it’s just that “kick” he got the other night and nothing serious.

    I like N’zobbia a lot, but I had an idea (I took some asprin so it may go away) that N’zogbia’s runs from left back were happening so easily because he was running from left back, instead of the midfield. Does that make sense? the opposing midfieleders were not really covering him, so closely, so he bursts forward unmarked, like a sneak attack?

    Will he be as surprising in the midfield proper?

  • Adam B

    Jan 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    praying for Jose Enrique!

  • Frankieboy

    Jan 5, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #13

    4-4-3 We would still lose more than we would win the rest of the season given standard of performances so far HA !!
    Like I said during previousl topical discussion a while back keep it at 0-0 for first 10 mins then close the game off.
    Hope i’m wrong but do not expect to see Zog selected further forward.
    Could try 2-5-3-1 and play with both keepers.

  • StevieA

    Jan 5, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #14

    I would play Jose Enrique left back and Charlie on the left wing. Let’s let Charlie attack the flanks though and make a nuisance of himself.

    Let Enrique do what he does best. I am certain Sam will play Jose tomorrow he looks fit enough now.

  • Frankieboy

    Jan 5, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Liki I said hope you are right but cannot see it happening

  • Nobby!

    Jan 6, 2008 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #16

    That’s actually a scary picture of Damien…


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