Surprising news this morning from Newcastle United in that five players will face fitness tests for tomorrow’s game at Portsmouth.
Seba Bassong – undergoing fitness test today
Presumably those who do not pass their fitness tests will be left on Tyneside to receive additional treatment.
The five players who will face fitness tests today are midfield trio Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie and Damien Duff, and Shola Ameobi and Sebastien Bassong are also struggling with injuries.
The surprise there is Sebastien Bassong, as we didn’t even realize he was injured, but of course Steven Taylor could come in for Seba, so that’s not too big a problem.
The two we need to see fit are Butt and Guthrie so they can line up in central midfield, and if either one of them doesn’t make it Joe Kinnear could plump for 18 year-old Kazenga LuaLua in the middle of the park.
That’s asking a lot of the youngster, but when he’s played for the first team before, he has looked confident and not in the least bit over-awed by the situation.
If he does make the starting line-up tomorrow, how he plays will have a huge influence on the result of the game on the south coast.
But it will also be a huge opportunity for the youngster to show what he’s made of, and we think the youngster is definitely one for the future at Newcastle.