Same Newcastle Team Expected to Start Tomorrow

We expect Kevin Keegan to name an unchanged team tomorrow against Fulham as James Milner and Emre are still out injured.


James Milner – out until Sunderland game on 20th April?

Kevin says today that both Emre and James Milner are still 2-3 weeks from returns. We’re not surprised that James is still 2 weeks away but a couple of weeks ago we were told that Emre was almost fit?

Let’s take a look at what Kevin Keegan said this morning:

“James still has a protective shoe on his foot and will be out for around three weeks.”

“Emre is the same and I think both players could be looking to return for the derby game with Sunderland.”

“Stephen Carr is also about two to three weeks away and Shay Given is out for six weeks.”

“That means I’ll have the same squad for Fulham which I did for Birmingham.”

The England Under-21 winger still has a protective boot on his foot and of course Stephen Carr is out injured again, with a hamstring strain – big big surprise. The rumors we hear are that Stephen actually has his own bed in the treatment room, he’s there so much.

But Stephen’s contract runs out in the summer and he will not be around come August, and hopefully we’ll get some full backs who are able to play most weeks, and eran their big wages, unlike Carr. It’s even money whether Carr has already played his last game for the Magpies.

Ir’s not too bad to start the game with the team that did so well in the second half last Monday night, but the lads will have to start doing well from the very first kick off tomorrow. If they do that we have our best chances of a win in many a long day. 😀

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Marty

    Mar 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Thats probably the best scenario having the others out injured,it gives KK n the NUFC faithful the chance to see a hungry footballing side that can take Fulham apart 🙂

  • Andreas

    Mar 21, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #2

    As long as Oba starts and Smith doesn’t I am pretty happy.

  • Leo

    Mar 21, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    i cant blame emre for being out, his knee after the tackle against stoke was in a bad way

  • Luke

    Mar 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #4

    c’mon the toon!

  • Sir HC

    Mar 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets hope the fans get the atmosphere going early doors and scare the shi%e out of the players to perform better in all our remaining matches…….some say that our fans at home are worth an extra player? Truth is we need all the help we can get so lets give them an extra 8 players in our remaining games!

    Toon toon black and white army.

  • Nick Dryden

    Mar 21, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    If we keep Smith out we have a chance.
    Same should go for Barton.

  • liam

    Mar 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #7

    i think he is right doin that but instead of playing Barton play N’zogbia 2 reasons 1 it will give us some width and 2 Barton i the worst player to be on the team as soon as he gets the ball he loses it then try’s to get it back and gives away a freekick he is hopeless

  • Sir HC

    Mar 21, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree that playing N’zogbia would better than Barton but with only 3 in the middle our width will still be poor from him. Key to this type of team is that we attack and defend as units and if we do that we’ll win the game!

  • The Gallowgate Channel

    Mar 21, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Whether Sir Kev plays the same team or twiddles with it a bit, he must play Martins – his blistering pace and ability to shoot on target from anywhere mean he can frighten the defence and is always capable of creating a goal from nothing

  • Newcastle United.

    Mar 21, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10


  • shirts

    Mar 21, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    N’zogbia’s got the dribble-itis and can’t pass for piss. Duff’s a better passer and I think sees the game better, but what happened to his speed? Dunno.

    I think it’s good to have them both on the sheet–maybe start Duff instead of Barton and sub in Zoggy for fresh legs/explosive runs against tired defenders.


    Mar 21, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #12


  • Scotty

    Mar 21, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #13

    id personally stick with barton! il admit he has been very dissapointing but i think with a bit of confidence he can be a big player for us! hes been poor on the ball but against blackburn he did create our two best chances! i think hes worth sticking with. the way alot of the fans treat him compared to other poor performers really annoys me. 3-1 newcastle i reckon micky owen 2 goals! if we can get an early goal wel be fine! haway the lads!

  • Spyro

    Mar 21, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #14

    i reckon we will be the better side for the majority of the game but still only scrape a late winner in the last 15minutes

    MY SCORE: 2 – 1

  • Jamie

    Mar 21, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #15

    I think the confidence will shine through tomorrow along with a battling performance should see as run out 2-0 winners!

    Geremi, Butt, Barton for me again, they did a great job on Monday night.

    If we play Owen, Viduka and Martins, there is no position for NZogbia to fit into, he can come on for one of them 3 later on if needed.

  • Whitey

    Mar 22, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Jamie – Geremi and Butt did a great job, especially butt. Barton was shocking, i wouldn’t play him. My team for tommorrow would be:

    Beye Diatta Cacapa/Faye Enrique
    Geremi Butt
    Owen Viduka Martins

    I would only play faye or cacapa with diatta because both cacapa and faye have played with him in the past. Taylor is unlucky not to get in. Also i would let N’zogbia have a free role. Let him torment the fulham defence.


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