Emre and Milner Doubtful for Saturday


Newcastle could well be without both Emre and James Milner again for the trip to Manchester United on Saturday, after they missed the Cup Tie with Stoke last night at the Britannia Stadium.

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Emre – struggling with an ankle knock

Creative midfielder Emre is now struggling with an ankle injury and winger James Milner missed out through illness, which looks like it was a chest infection.

Alan Smith played in central midfield and Damien Duff played down the right wing. And it looked a balanced team with Charles N’Zogbia on the left wing and the solid looking Jose Enrique finally starting at left back. After the injuries clear up we really hope Sam continues with Enrique and N’Zogbia at left back and left wing respectively.

They both looked good in their natural positions last night, and Charles is a lot more threatening to the opposition on the left wing, that’s for sure. We would even like to see Charles given a run out in central midfield. He’s certainly a bit of a dynamo these days with his drive and skill. He also played great there against Juventus in pre-season.

However, things may not change much before the Old Trafford game as manager Allardyce told the Newcastle club’s website today:

“James has a chest infection and Emre got a knock on his ankle so we’ll have to wait and see if they are OK for next week’s game at Man United,”

“Habib Beye has injured his hamstring but is going away with Senegal for the African Cup of Nations, as now is also Abdoulaye Faye.”

It’s a pity about Emre, because we need some of his creativity right now in our midfield, and Sam just hasn’t played him nearly enough since Barton has been out. Since it’s only a knock we would hope he’ll be available for the Manchester United game.

Comments very welcome.


73 comments so far

  • Rich

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Hope Emre is ok, i really feeel sorry for the guy, he hasnt been given a fair chance at all, when he comes on he usually looks good, the fans love him and he gets treated like this! I would love to see him hit top form and stick it right up big sams ass!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    That means the utd game line up will be:

    Given
    Roz Taylor Capaca Enrique
    Duff Smith N’Zogbia Lualua
    Owen Viduka

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  • Bosck

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    tom_toon:

    more likely to be

    Given
    Roz Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Duff Smith Zog
    Owen Viduka Martins

    seeing as sam has supposedly got a deal with nigeria to have martins for this game, he’s unlikely to start him on the bench.

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  • toonfan1

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    the team will be

    Given
    Roz Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Duff Smith Butt N’Zogbia
    Owen/Martins Viduka

    Butt is allowed to ply againt man utd and is not allowed to play against stoke and bolton due to suspension.

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  • true

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #5

    for me Millner has been looking tired of late the rest may re energise him, when on his game he is one of our best players.
    Is it me or does Emre often bottle it when the chips are down? Pity cos i think he is our best player!

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  • aaron d

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Is it a rumour that Martins is back for Man Utd game or is it true? Heard that we had some agreement with Nigeria that if he could go early could come back for this game?
    Tom_Toon very much doubt Lua Lua will be starting against Man Utd, to be honest i would like him to.

    Team for Man U

    Given
    Roz Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Duff Smith Butt N’Zogbia
    Martins Viduka

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  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #7

    He won’t go to Old Trafford and play 4-3-3 – he’s stupid but not sucidal. It will be 4-5-1 with both Martins and Smith in midfield, Owen up front on his own.

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #8

    just the news we needed…… 🙁 , do we even have 11 players left ???

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  • Kash2

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    @Rich – Emre has been given so many chances for Newcastle but so many times he has went missing in games. We don’t need him being so deep and tackling back every chance he gets. We need him further up the pitch gettting on the ball and threading passes into strikers and wingers. Not once has he controlled a game. He is NOT a PLAYMAKER. Playmakers control games with passing and movement as does Scholes, Fabregas, Lampard, Elano, Gerrard, Anderson, Arteta, Barry, Kranjcar etc etc etc. Loads of teams have them, but Emre doesn’t meet the standards of these players!

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  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Emre was a Souness buy – enough said. Get rid of him

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  • ELFER

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #11

    you can absolutely not be serious about emre?? he did not taken his chance…I think he’s a too soul driven player sometimes outstanding but to often not good enough…unfortunately I have to say we should sell him and get a PL quality player in exchanche…but all in all it lefts us defence and chanceless against MANU, which will end up in a disaster…

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  • MOY

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #12

    He’s the only player we have left that’s actually creative…I don’t see how we can replace him unless we actually get someone who can create , instead of destroy…Speaking of which , we seem to have a truckload of destroyers…

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  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Emre is a racist and should be kicked out of the club.

    He will be sold in the summer regardless of Sam

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  • JS09

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle have just signed Ben Tozer on 4 and a half year deal, Promising signs for the future.

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  • Hammy

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Quotation from Arsene Wenger after yesterday’s match against Barnsley.

    “Foreign players need six months to adapt to the Premiership”
    Yes Arsene that makes sense, good point.

    Big Sam:
    “Foreign players need six months to adapt to the Premiership”
    No Sam stop making excuses you useless fu***ing c£nt…

    My point being that Sam is in a no win situation,
    everyone was saying at the start of the season what a class player Rozenhal looked and how bad he was yesterday, with so many players coming in from different leagues and with pressure from the fans to play like Brazil it is little wonder we look shite at times.

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  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Foreigners usually take a full season to adapt. Look at Vidic and Evra. Both were criticised constantly in their first year as crap defenders. Now they are amazing. Remember for foreigners they have to adapt to a new country, language, lifestyle, weather. It’s only in the second season they can be judged properly.

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  • Pete

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Sam has made his choice on numerous occations this season. Doesn’t really matter if Emre is fit or not, he wouldn’t get a spot anyway. Sam obviously prefers destruction over creativity and positive play. That said, our midfield will be pretty much the same as against Stoke with Smith/Butt making up the centre midfield pair. We can only hope that he’ll go all out and put N’Zogbia in CM.

    Given
    Rozenhal – Taylor – Cacapa – Enrique
    Smith – Butt – N’Zogbia
    Owen – Duke – Duff

    in the typical 4-3-3/4-5-1 fashion. Highly doubt it tho and fully expect him to drop Zog back to LB for this match

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  • broon ale

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

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    http://www.true-faith.co.uk/html/tbawe.htm

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  • keeganpleasecomeback

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #19

    the team lacks balance…butt is apparently our playmaker..its a joke he is agood player but hes not a playmaker..we need barton unfortunately..Smith is apparently untouchable so he needs to play up front and e´we need anew central midfielder -one with flair and can actually pass it upfield.

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  • Kash2

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Right fair enough it takes upto a season to for players to adapt to league conditions. But it doesn’t stop them from getting on the pitch and playing passes about accurately to you’re own players. Fair enough we could be leaking goals, but does it take a season to be able to figure out how to play passes around so that it eventually arrives at a strikers foot?

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  • Callum

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh great – IF we manage to beat Stoke we face Arsenal away 🙁

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #22

    OT: Bugger just heard the cup draw – well thats it over for another year (away to Arsenal !!!)

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  • Ross

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    we’ve drawn arsenal should we get past stoke in the replay. away.

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh – FFS – Arsenal again
    away….

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  • steve

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #25

    bugger – was hoping for Havant or someone similiar although they would prob beat us as well.

    No chance of Sam losing his job if we lose away to Arse as its what everyone expects anyway 🙁

    Lets just get used to the fact he’s here till end of season

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  • Hammy

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Shhhiiiteeeeeee,
    is that the first team or the reserves?
    oh, well at least Sam won’t be able to complain about too many fixtures coming up.

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  • Ross

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #27

    keep in mind we still have to actually beat stoke.
    at home we should, but it didnt look likely yesterday.
    its pretty much regardless tbh, if we dont go down to stoke, we will to arsenal away.

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  • steve

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #28

    @Hammy – Wenger would have played first team if they had drawn anyone decent, however now he’s got the toon he’ll prob put out youth team, which is prob enough to beat us easily

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Arsenal away again ??? damn….mind you we could cause and upset….but probably won’t………

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  • Dingo

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #30

    hahahaha…. its almost comical….. well if you are gonna win it you gotta face the bigs boys at some point!

    howay newcastle

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  • toonfan1

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #31

    does any1 know if we will have beye faye geremi and martins back for this cup fixture against arsenal? the date is either 26/27 january i think.

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  • toon sooth

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #32

    LOL, I’m with you Dingo!
    Howay the lads.

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  • toonfan1

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #33

    ben tozer has signed for the club on a four and a half year contract and it looks like he is going to be shipped back on loan to either swindon or back to plymouth where he started.

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  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #34

    give lua lua a go on the wing he surely has got to have a better cross than milner

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  • obafemimartins

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #35

    we will probably have a reserve team playing aswell if we dont get any players in.

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  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #36

    No Faye or Martins until March or middle Feb at very earliest.

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  • God

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Hehehehe, I do like my little joke.

    Do any of you mortals believe in miracles. 🙂

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  • steve

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #38

    If they get knocked out in group stages of ACN they’ll be back first week in Feb at the earliest – reckon it’s more likely to be the backend of Feb though for most of our boys

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #39

    The ACN of nations ends on February 10th so will have them back then or even earlier if they get knocked out, which i hope they do…..but still i doubt anyone will make it back in time for Arsenal.

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  • Bill f

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Well God being a pagan myself, , I will just stick to sacrificing intelligent Makem supporters when I can find one.

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