Bad news today that Steven Taylor will in all likelihood miss another game against Wigan Athletic at home tomorrow, because of his groin injury.
Seb Bassong - will play central defense tomorrow
Manager Joe Kinnear seems willing to bring in Seb Bassong in central defense, which is the Frenchman’s favored position, and where he’s played well for Newcastle in the past.
If he does play there, it will be his first Premier league start at center-back, but he did start there in the Carling Cup game at Coventry, and had an excellent match in that amazing game, which we finally won in extra time.
Unfortunately, it appears that Steven Taylor has not made a complete recovery from the groin injury which had him miss last Sunday’s defeat by Fulham at Craven Cottage. Claudio Cacapa came in for the game, but had a bit of a nightmare match, and was partially responsible for both the goals Newcastle conceded.
Taylor has already pulled out of the England Under-21 friendly with the Czech Republic at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night, and is now setting his comeback date to be Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a week tomorrow.
Kinnear was asked today who would play if Taylor couldn’t make it tomorrow and he told the Evening Chronicle:
“Bassong will play. It’s as simple as that.”
That puts some doubt into the side again tomorrow, but Sebastien can do himself a lot of good by playing a solid game, alongside Coloccini, which he’s done before and has often looked a classy young player. Again Argentine Fabricio Coloccini will be an important leader at the back, for the Magpies tomorrow.
And as expected Joe Kinnear will keep faith with Ameobi and Martins to start the game up front tomorrow, as he said:
“It will be Ameobi and Martins. Why shouldn’t it be? They have both scored goals and worked their socks off in our past few games.”
“But Michael Owen will be involved at some stage tomorrow.”
Tomorrow is a must win game for us, and now Bassong becomes an important cog in the Newcastle wheel, but we expect the lad to play his socks off tomorrow.