The 22-year-old Yorkshireman has been out for five weeks, after picking up an injury to his foot in the poor 3-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on March 8th.
James Milner - back in training again
That was the last game Keegan played in a 4-4-2 formation and switched to 4-3-3 in the following game at Birmingham, and Newcastle have since gone 5 games unbeaten, and collected a good 11 points in the process to get away from the relegation zone.
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“James Milner will start training over the next couple of days. He is a very fit young man so he will not need any games.â€
“He has not missed that much, to be fair, but heâ€™s naturally frustrated, and I donâ€™t know anyone who is working as hard as him to get fit.”
Milner was probably Newcastle’s most consistent player under big Sam Allardyce, and he has had two excellent seasons on Tyneside, since he was almost sold to Aston Villa, in August, 2006.
But Keegan has already seen how good the youngster is, both with his skills and his work rate. It’s going to be interesting to see if James can force himself into th side although he should get chances as a sub in our last four important league games.
But he will join the list that includes Smith and Duff, of those trying to force their way back into the first team, before the end of the season. That will be difficult if Newcastle keep playing the way they have in these last 5 games, because they’ve been great, and so good to watch, and the players in the first team have no plans to give up their places, anytime soon.