When Nicky Butt received yet another yellow card on Saturday, he was automatically ruled out of this week’s vital encounter with West Ham because he now has 5 yellows.
Nicky Butt – suspended for Saturday’s game against West Ham
The other worry after the Hull City game was the injury to N’Zogbia but it looked promising that Charles will be fit for Saturday, because it was a dead leg.
Chris Hughton told the Shields Gazette today:
“Charles was a blow, but we’re hoping he’s going to be OK,” “He’s got a dead leg, and he was very sore and stiff after the game, but that’s the nature of the injury.”
“We’re optimistic he’ll be OK for next week, but he certainly won’t be doing much training.”
“I’m not sure there are too many coming back for the next couple of weeks.”
“It’s thin, and at the moment we’re one short because of suspension as well.”
“It’s a question of trying to get players back as quickly as we can and not picking up any more injuries.”
But it’s always difficult to rush players back because if they do come back too soon, they are liable to get injured again.
While the performance on Saturday was a huge improvement over the previous game, we were still nowhere near our best, and we’ll need to show improved form this Saturday when we must try to take all 3 points off West Ham United.
The Hammers are 3 points ahead of us with a slightly better goal difference in the league, so a decent win could see us move above West Ham on Saturday at 5:00 pm.
Noes’ the time to start moving away from the relegation zone with wins, because the longer we are there, the worse things will become.
And wouldn’t it be nice for a chance to be challenging up the league rather than always fighting the relegation threat.