After initially getting good news about James Milnerâ€™s foot injury on Monday, the news today on James is not good.
James Milner with future star – will not play on Monday – James that is 😀
We will definitely be without Milner for Monday’s trip to Birmingham City, and the 22 year-old winger may be sidelined for up to three weeks.
An initial X-ray revealed no broken bones, but Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan told Newcastle World TV on Friday morning that Milner would be missing for the vital game at St. Andrew’s on Monday:
“James will definitely miss Birmingham,” “We will know more on Monday but we could be looking at two to three weeks.â€
“He’s got a protective boot, not a pot, on his foot at the moment but there is no break.â€
“He took a heck of a whack when he kicked Lucas’ foot.â€
“But he’s a young, fit lad and he’ll be back before the end of the season.”
This is hardly good news for Newcastle fans. The Yorkshireman is not only a good player, but he does a lot of work up and down the right wing during games. And we know James’ head will never drop in a game, unlike some others in the side.
But that prognosis from James is not too bad, because we know James is not only a quick healer, but like goalkeeper Shay Given, is just desperate to play and help out the team. That’s because both players are totally committed to Newcastle United. Contrast that with some others in the injury room these last few weeks.
Under those circumstances we’d guess James could be available for the Tottenham game at White Hart Lane on March 30th, but will miss an all important home game with Fulham on March 23rd. If we can’t win that one we’ll deserve to go down.
That’s the way it goes though, and it should give others a chance to come in and earn their wages. Duff on the right wing and Charles N’Zigbia on the left doesn’t look too bad to us for Monday.