Kevin Keegan has reiterated that James Milner is still 2-3 weeks away from playing again.
James Milner – out for 2-3 weeks – shown here with his pal
Kevin Keegan told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œJames is still two or three weeks away from being back with us.” â€œHe will have a plastic boot on for another 10 days, and then he can start some light training.”
â€œHe is a quick healer, and hopefully he will be back for our game with Portsmouth down there on April 12.” â€œBut if not, he will definitely be back with us for the derby match with Sunderland the following week.â€
â€œStephen Carr and Emre are 10 days away, and the funny thing is that theyâ€™re parallel in their comebacks, and could return on the same day.â€
It’s noticeable that this is a lot different from what Kevin said this morning, to the Journal, about these two players. Emre was still 2-3 weeks away, and would probably be fit for the Sunderland game on April 23rd. Carr was still 2-3 weeks away from fitness.
There’s a big difference between 10 days and 30 days, so it’s interesting to know how things changed so quickly today. Maybe they both finally confessed to hiding out in the treatment room. 😀
Finally, to round out the injury situation Irish goalkeeper, Shay Given is now back after his groin operation in Munich, Germany yesterday.
Kevin talked about Shay:
â€œShayâ€™s had his operation, and it went very well.â€
We don’t expect to see Given again this season, and that would be good, because his first priority must be to get that groin fit for next season. We assume he will be given a set of strengthening exercises for it during the summer.
It must have been a frustraing season for our Irish goalkeeper, but there again it’s been a very frustrating season for everybody connected with Newcastle United. We don’t want another season like this for many years, that’s for sure.
That’s it – just 18 hours away from our first win in the league for over 3 months.
The Newcastle Brown Ale is waiting in the fridge.