Charles N’Zogbia will be back in the frame for Saturday night’s televised game against FA Cup finalists Portsmouth.
Charles N’Zogbia – back in the squad for Saturday
N’Zogbia has not made the bench for Newcastle United’s last two games because of a knee injury he suffered while on France Under-21 duty. That injury was kept fairly quiet, so most Newcastle fans have wondered where Charles has been the last couple of games.
Keegan told the Shields Gazette today:
“Charles picked up a knee injury playing for the French Under-21s. He’s had a week training with the physio, and he should be alright now.”
Kevin Keegan has worked hard to persuade N’Zogbia that his future lies at St James’ Park, but we think the decision will be totally up to Charles to make in the summer. He will have an excellent career at Newcastle under Kevin Keegan, with every chance of being in a successful team.
But his agent Willie McKay said on transfer deadline day last January, that N’Zogbia wanted to join Tottenham Hotspur, and the feeling at the club is that he still remains unsettled.
But with the excellent form of Newcastleâ€™s side during the last four games, the loss of Charles, if he does decide to move on, will not be as great as it would have been. We’d still like Charles to stay at the club.
But if he goes to Tottenham Hotspur then Keegan will probably try to get Aaron Lennon in part exchange, and Aaron would be a great player in a Kevin Keegan attacking side.
We’ll just have to see what happens, but Kevin will not want to keep players who don’t want to play for him.