Kevin Keegan is set to welcome Oba Martins into his squad for the first time with the Nigerian having now fully recovered from a calf injury picked up at the African Cup of Nations.
Oba Martins – in training at Little Benton today
However, the bad news on the injury front today for Newcastle fans is that both Emre (calf) and Mark Viduka (calf) definitely miss out on the game tomorrow, as their injuries are still not fully healed. It’s certainly taking them both a long time to come back, unfortunately.
Itâ€™s a big disappointment that both of them are unavailable again this week, as both players could do a job for Newcastle United tomorrow.
Since Viduka is out and Alan Smith continued to be ineffectual up front, weâ€™d like to see 19 year old Andy Carroll given a start tomorrow. Weâ€™d like it, but we cannot see Kevin doing that, and he is again more than likely to start Owen and Smith.
Although there has also to be the possibility of starting Owen and Martins up front together. That may also be a good combination to try but anything but Alan again starting up front. We’re not sure if Kevin is like Big Sam, who always liked a small man alongside a bigger striker up front.
Stephen Carr is still sidelined with another of his hamstring injuries, but the excellent news is that center back Peter Ramage is ready to return to training next week, after more than six months out with his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage.
That’s great news for Peter, and with the defense in all sorts of trouble recently, it will be interesting to see if Peter can push himself into the first team before the end of the season. Peter’s contract runs out in June so he’ll be more than keen to show manager Keegan what he can do. But it’s great to see the boy back in training again.
Kevin’s team selection will again be revealing tomorrow, and we’ll just have wait and to see what team he comes out with. We’ll also have our Newcastle Blackburn match preview later today.
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