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.
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 Nâ€™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.
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