Good news today that Charles N’Zogbia should be fit in time for next weekend’s home league clash with West Ham United.
Charles N’Zogbia – got a dead leg yesterday in first half
Charles limped out of the goalless draw at Hull City on Saturday, after seemingly getting a knee into the top of his leg when challenging for a high ball with former Middlesbrough star George Boeteng.
It was right to take Charles off because it did look like he had a dead leg, and we have to be very careful of injuries these days.
Newcastle coach Chis Hughton seems confident Charles will be OK for the visit of the Hammers to St. James’ next Saturday – a game which has a 3:00 pm kick off time.
“We’re hoping he will be OK,” “He got a dead leg and he was very sore and stiff after the game, which is the nature of that type of injury.”
“We’re optimistic that he’ll be OK for next week although he might not do much training in the early part of the week.”
The Frenchman lasted just 30 minutes yesterday, and Jonas Gutierrez came off the bench to have a very good game on the left wing. So whether Charles can force himself back into the starting eleven after a good display by Damien Duff is debatable.
In fact Gutierrez is currently leading our Man of the Match poll with 34% followed by Bassong with 26%, Given with 18% and Duff with 6%.
After the game N’Zogbia seemed to be in some discomfort as he was seen to hobble to the team bus at the KC Stadium for the short trip back to Newcastle.
But if it’s a dead leg he should hopefully be back in training by mid-week – and it’s also good to have our three wingers all in good form.