The bad news today is that Emre has suffered an injury in training and will be out for about two weeks.
Emre - out for 2 weeks with calf problem
The Newcastle United manager is already missing missing Obafemi Martins, who returned from Ghana with a sprained ankle and missed the game 2 weeks ago at Villa Part and is is still not fit.
The other player injured is Stephen Carr who has yet another hamstring injury but Keegan is hopeful he will also be back for next week’s home game with Blackburn Rovers. However, we don’t think Carr’s injury is that bad for the team. It means in all likelihood that Jose Enrique could start at left back unless Kevin decides to play N’Zogbia there. It may also open up the way for David Edgar to come in the 16 for today’s game.
Hereâ€™s a side that we think can do well today:
Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
Milner Barton Geremi Duff (Nâ€™Zogbia)
Subs: Harper Cacapa Smith Butt Nâ€™Zogbia (Duff)
This is a bad blow for the team because Kevin has already stated a few times that Emre is one of the few players at Newcastle who is creative enough to open up opposing defenses. We were looking forward to him getting a start today.
Here’s our current injury situation:
Player Injury Return Date Emre Calf Muscle Strain 7th Mar 08 S Carr Hamstring Injury 14th Mar 08 O Martins Sprained Ankle no return date T Krul Dislocated Shoulder no return date P Ramage ACL Knee Injury 5th Apr 08
Finally, something we have up on our main site today – Newcastle fans are urged to take their seats at least 10 minutes before the kick-off today.
Newcastle United Football Club are showing a bit of class by making a special presentation to former manager Sir Bobby Robson to mark his 75th birthday.
Bobby and lovely wife Elsie
Great for the club and Bobby is one of our real heroes in the game of football. We love the guy!
Happy Birthday Bobby!
Comments on our injury situation and our Uncle Bobby are welcome.