Damien Duff should be fit for the game at Fratton Park on Saturday, but whether he will start is debatable.
Damien Duff – should be fit for Saturday
Duff suffered his serious foot injury at Fratton Park in April of 2007, during Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat in that game and that injury almost ended his career. It took a second operation on Damien’s foot to get the Irishman right, and he was out for a full eight months.
But he is now back and playing better this season than he’s ever played for Newcastle, but we still don’t believe he should go straight into the starting line up against Portsmouth.
Young Charles N’Zogbia looked very sharp and dangerous on Saturday, and definitely deserves to keep his place on the left wing, and deserves an extended chance in the side. He’s waited patiently for his opportunity.
Kinnear talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today about his fellow Irishman Duff:
“At the time we thought it would be a month out for Damien, but I am expecting him back in training round about Wednesday.”
“Providing he comes through a training session, and does not break down, he should be OK.” “That is what I am told by the doctor, but we will have to see what the outcome is on Wednesday.
“It is still sad to lose him, but he has done exceptionally well.” “I spoke to him yesterday, and he is pleased it is not as bad as he first thought. That is a big plus for both him and us.”
It’s good to have Damien Duff back again because he will add to the competition for places in the team, and that should bring out better performances from the starting eleven on Saturday.
We certainly need all 3 points from that game, and we can do it – but we need to be at our very best and nothing like we were in the final 45 minutes against Stoke City on Saturday.