Milner Fit Again for West Ham Game


22-year-old James Milner has been out injured since the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in early March.

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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?

Comments welcome.



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63 comments so far

  • nate

    Apr 22, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Good news. I hope he gets a chance under Keegan before the end of the season. I know some on this site don’t like Milner, but I think he has enormous potential and always gives 110%.

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  • Leo

    Apr 22, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #2

    when milner played at leeds didnt he play the right side of attack in a 433? or am i imagining this?

    just like how everyone has improved with keegan our manager jimmy will also do better i bet cant wait to see him back in the team, thnk he is great

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 22, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Totaly agree lads, we have missed Milner but i dont think he will walk right back into the team.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Dont put him into the team for West Ham because we can actually win it! Put him in for the chelsea or everton games if at all.

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  • consettmags

    Apr 22, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Nowt to do with Milner but I have been trawling the net a bit today and have found out that we were linked with Beye in May 2005.Reliable source too – Sporting Life.Just thought Id like to take a bit of Fat Sams credit for buying him.

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  • apan

    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #6

    would love to see if he can fit in geremi’s role

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  • Hammy

    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Those dubious about signing Riise,
    this guy could be great cover for our forwards, he planted a great header past Reina in the 1-1 draw against Chelski, this guy is a goal machine…

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I bet Riise wants to go home and cry his eyes out!!! 🙂

    What a plank!

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s not the normal 4-3-3 with one CF and 2 Wing Forward. It’s more like Martins Left CF Viduks Right CF and Owen plays the Totti Role (AMF).

    Owen is more of a midfielder now. An important link between defence and attack. I’m amazed at the distance he’s covering each match, I see him everywhere in defence and in attack, at the right places too in both areas.

    So say Milner comes in for Martins Keegan might shift it to 4-4-2 rather than put him LWF the way allardyce did it.Or rather it’s still the same formation 4-3-3 with Owen and Barton switching positions.

    so it’d be MILNER LW BARTON CM BUTT DM GEREMI.

    BARTON will be doing owen’s job.

    He’ll never fill Geremi’s shoes because he is not as clever with his crosses.

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  • Dom4Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #10

    i don’t think riises a plank, i think it was very unlucky and i think that renia should hve come for it, riise had to do something. i don’t know why everyone hates riise so much cos if KK is looking for another left back then i would welcome him to the club

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #11

    I thought it was over-the liv-che game-so I switched off the telly, damn. haha just found out they conceded. I was waiting for a Chelsea equaliser. 😀

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  • andrew

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #12

    feel sorry for riise think he is a good player and he would be good for us hes a good pro funny how everyone wants to see liverpool get knocked out they are the jammiest team around nice to see them have a bit of misfortune for once lol on milner seem to recall he was our player of the year last year he always gives his best but he is a winger not a forward in my opinion he could even play in a more centeral rob lee esq role but there aint no way he is taking martins place up front that is silly talk

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  • Obafan

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Come on guys, why should Milner start in one of the following games. The players are gelling perfectly and I don’t think Milner can add something more to that team. He is at max a bench sitter.

    wsq – I totally agree that Milner is not as good as Geremi. He is not that clever, is he??

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  • Leo

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #14

    just a quick question for everyone out there, nothing to do with football, just wondered if anyone has bought the new taio cruz album?

    met him a couple times and been to a couple of his gigs im london, really up and coming, have a look on itunes or youtube he is worth the money to get his album if you like rnb/soul

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #15

    ay ay ay is nice

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  • Leo

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #16

    ay ay ay is a good choice my personal favourite is driving me crazy

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #17

    @Obafan

    yes he needs serious tutoring.

    goodness he’s not far off from bently, he just needs that tiny titsy bit of intelligence to be better.

    I hope he gets a shout from keegan the way oba got a shout “go on run at him!” but instead “go on cross it son! put it in the mixer sun” or “get your head up son!”

    young enough to be his son.

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #18

    @leo

    cool i’ll download that later. cheers for the recommendation

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  • 51times

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #19

    I think we should buy Riise and pay him £100,000 a week just for that own goal. Hopefully now Chelsea and Barcelona will make it to the final. Scouse c*nts.

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  • obamagic

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #20

    I reckon Milner could play CM…if i’m not wrong he played CM for U21 and scored 2 goals

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  • IrishMan

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Apart from the cross for Owen’s goal on Saturday, I think Geremi’s delivery has been fairly woeful for the last few games (including his generally wasteful corners). Maybe that one peach for MO’s goal justifies his place, but I would still give Milner at least a half on the right of midfield against West Ham.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Id play Emre instead of Geremi.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Me too TT!..

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #24

    dwells on the ball far too long to play CM.. keeps his head down most of the time

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Crosses better & curls in a mean corner!..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Well actually id lke Scotty Parker back 🙁

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #27

    @tom toon

    i want parker back too.

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  • Obafan

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Is Emre fit to play this weekend?

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  • Obafan

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #29

    And Milner as CM, what are you thinking? To be a CM you need to act quick, decide were to pass the ball to open up a defence. With other words you have to be very intelligent and you have to read the game very well? Milner hasn’t got one of those 2 things. So I would NEVER put him as CM.

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #30

    keegan say he has to find the 3 other players a game first

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #31

    CM i rate at this moment is De Rossi. he’s got quality.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Good job we got rid of Parker really, he’s been injured most of the season, a la Dyer & Bellamy!..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Yep, but no chance unfortunately, i think hes going to real madrid.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Punk Skunk – Been very good when hes played.

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  • Spyro

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #35

    risse could have cleared it with his right foot, what an idiot.

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  • Spyro

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Milner in the middle would be good. When Barton and Parker are both on top form i would rather have Barton.

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  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #37

    how do u kno he’s going to madrid? he’ll do good mos def.

    our injury problems are gone.. who should we give credit to?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #38

    looking pretty obvious, Mitajovic says he wants him, about 100 links from him to real every week!

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  • Spyro

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #39

    De Rossi is a player who is most definitely going to get snapped up by a bigger european team come the summer.

    We should go for the Valencia players as they will no doubt be seeking a move out of that shambolic club in the summer.

    Also, Sevilla will have no UEFA Cup next season and there players are there for the taking aswell. No doubt Tottenham will snap two or three up

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  • Spyro

    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #40

    can you believe the cheek of Benitez complaining about refereeing decisions.

    Has he forgotten how they got past Arsenal in the last round?

    The only reason Liverpool ever progress in the Champions league is through poor refereeing decisions going in their favour. i am HAPPY they drew, i hope Chelski beat and embarrass them at Stamford Bridge.

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