22-year-old James Milner has been out injured since the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in early March.
James Milner – fit again after 7 weeks out
James had been expected to make the squad for Sunday’s derby victory over Sunderland at St.James’ Park, but the club acted on the side of caution and left Milner out. But he will be back for the West Ham game and we expect James to be one of the subs for the important game at Upton Park.
Keegan told Newcastle World TV today:
“Sunderland was the game we outlined for James, but probably typical James I think he pushed himself a bit too much,” “It was nothing major and he’ll be fit for West Ham.”
“But, bearing in mind the injury he had, he’s done marvelous to get where he is so quickly.”
“He’s a fit boy and the good news is that once he’s fully fit, which he nearly is, he won’t need games like some players do because he would’ve retained a lot of his fitness.”
We even expect James to get a run out in the last 30 minutes if he makes the bench at West Ham, although Kevin will have a full squad to choose from for Saturday. It will be interesting if James does get a game Saturday, if he will replace Geremi or one of the three strikers up front.
Emre, Carr and Cacapa are now all fit so Kevin will almost have a full squad to choose from. But we don’t think Kevin will change the starting eleven, although the team only played around 60% of their capabilities against Sunderland, and we’ll need to play better than that to win on Saturday.
West Ham however, have not been in good form of late and their 2-1 win against Derby County last weekend was their first win in 5 games.
What do you think?