Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan said that an ankle injury was the reason Alan Smith missed the pre-season friendly 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven last night.
Â Alan Smith – has ankle injury
There have been reports that Everton are interested in the former Manchester United and Leeds striker, but the reports say that Everton would offer only Â£1.5M, which is a quarter of the price Newcastle paid the Red Devils, exactly a year ago for the player.
Smith was not named in the 17-man squad for the game against PSV last night, and of course is started some rumors that he may be on his way out of Tyneside.
But Newcastle manager Keegan cleared up the situation after the game and explained:
“He’s got a sore ankle.â€Â Â I knew when I left him out that it would cause you (the Press) to ask questions but I can’t treat him any differently to anyone else. I haven’t risked anybody.”
“He’s a smashing lad, he’s very very popular at the club and he can play in a lot of different positions, so he’s a valuable player for us.”
Keegan is of course still hoping add some new players to his squad before our season gets under way in 10 days time against Manchester United.
After the game tonight there was a report on the official Deportivo web site, that said Colccini was now a Newcastle player.
Kevin admitted there could be some new developments on the transfer front within the next couple of days.
“”I honestly believe we will probably get two more players in at least – and maybe three – and we’ll work hard with a quality squad,”
“You look at the players we used tonight and look at the players that weren’t there and I think we have a very strong squad.”
Assuming we get Coloccini in, we would need at least another left-back and a central midfield player, at a minimum.
If those are 3 quality signings, there’s no doubt we’ll have a quality squad – no doubt at all.
However, we’ll still be a little short on numbers, especially if we keep getting the number of injuries we’ve experienced in the pre-season so far.