At last there is some good news, even if it’s just a little bit, on the Newcastle United front.
Habib Beye – operation not needed or his Achilles
The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that right-back Habib Beye was going to need an operation on his Achilles tendon, but that is no longer necessary.
However, we still don’t know when the defender, who was the our player last season in our end of season Newcastle United Blog poll, will be ready to return to action.
Beye has been worried by the Achilles since pre-season, and although he has played in a few matches the injury is just not right, so rest seems the only cure.
We are very short at the back after failing to bring in any defensive cover, late in the transfer window, and the Senegal international is our only recognized senior right-back.
Playing Habib when he was not 100% fit has turned out to be detrimental, but the player himself seems confident that all he needed was three weeks’ rest.
It looks like David Edgar, who was at right-back against Hull, could be playing there again at West Ham on Saturday, although Steven Taylor has been used in this position, and he could be moved there with Sebastien Bassong moving in at central defense. Those are two options for caretaker manager Chris Hughton.
And the lads will need good support in London this weejend, and they will get it as the allocation of tickets is already sold out.
It’s a very difficult time for the players and on the playing side at the club, but we know the fans will support the lads again, just like they did last Saturday, when over 50,000 still turned up, despite the mess the club is in.
The players need to concentrate more on their game, and give a much better account of themselves, after Saturday’s disaster.
But we are very confident they can do that, in these very troubled times.