The news is starting to look much better that Newcastle could have both Nicky Butt and Jose Enrique fit for the FA Cup 3rd round game at KC Stadium tomorrow against Hull City.
Jose Enrique – likely to be fit for tomorrow
Both players took part in some light training yesterday and will presumably undergo fitness tests today, to see if they will be fit for the short trip to Kingston Upon Hull.
If Enrique is fit then the likely back four will be Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong and Enrique, and that looks quite strong and will also allow the in-form Charles N’Zogbia to be used in an attacking role against a Hull side who may well rest some of their key players.
Manager Phil Brown has already stated that staying in the Premier League is their number one priority this season.
Joe will also of course be welcoming back 22 year old Frenchman Sebastien Bassong, who has performed wonderfully well for the team over the last couple of months, and was badly missed against Liverpool.
But Habib Beye is out for up to two months, and while we expect Steven Taylor to be switched to right back in his place Joe may elect to keep young David Edgar there for his second game running, since he played quite well there on Sunday, and did score a good goal.
If Enrique is not fit Edgar could also be switched to left back as he can play in either full back position, although his preferred position is center-back.
These games are important for Edgar because we still don’t think he will be offered a new contract in the summer, when his current deal runs out – so these are games in which has a big opportunity to impress manager Joe Kinnear.