Midfielder Danny Guthrie Fighting Flu For Saturday’s Game

It seems that Danny Guthrie has the flu and it’s touch and go whether he will be fit for the game against West Ham at St. James’ on Saturday.


Danny Guthrie – fighting the flu for Saturday

Joe Kinnear spoke to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“At the moment we’ve got one fit central midfielder in Geremi.”

“Nicky Butt is suspended, and Danny Guthrie is down with the flu, so we’ll have to see if he recovers sufficiently.”

“The people we have available are not regular starters, and some not orthodox center midfield men, so it’s serious.”

And with only Nicky Butt expected to return for the FA Cup replay with Hull City next Wednesday evening, Kinnear is praying hard that nobody else picks up an injury against West Ham on Saturday, because then we’ll be in desperate trouble.

Newcastle need some reinforcements as soon as possible in January, so we just have to hope Dennis Wise and the Newcastle Board are putting in the hours this month.

Kinnear added:

“I’ve made this statement to the owners so that they are aware of the situation.”

“The people that we’ll have on the bench against West Ham are only kids.”

“Tamas Kadar, Kazenga LuaLua, Ryan Donaldson – they are all young boys.”

“They are all on standby for West Ham and Hull, though, as I don’t see us getting anyone else back.”

“I’m working with a small crew of players.” “Training is like dancing on eggs at the moment.”

“We just keep it simple and hope that we can get 11 players out.”

Kinnear also has the experienced Habib Beye out for the foreseeable future, with the player traveling to Marseille to get a second opinion on his ankle problem, which seems another sign that the Newcastle medical team are second rate, and don’t know what they’re doing.

There are also fears that Oba Martins may have to have an operation for his groin problem, which he’s now had for over 3 weeks, so Kinnear is trying to stay as patient as he can as he added:

“Oba Martins has lower abdominal pain and muscle pain.

“He needs another scan, but he hasn’t had an operation yet.”

While we’re trying to bring in some decent players in January we may also want to add some additional skills to our medical team, which is hardly covering itself in glory right now.

What a way to run a club. 🙁

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92 comments so far

  • Ross

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    if he is out, who do we have to play in the center of midfield? no one.

    I’d say maybe this will continue to open ashleys eyes to our troubles, but it wont. ltes pray he’s back or we’ll have a joke shop team out.

  • Ross

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    also, i’m unsure we can even afford a cup run in the long term. put the kids out against Hull and see how they do. if we crash and burn so be it. they deserve their chance and its one that cant afford to be taken in the league. Give them a go, give us a look and see what happens.

  • TooKing

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #3

    ohhh FFS !!!

    Just put out 4 defenders and every striker, attacking player we have in the reserves and youth teams……maybe we can outscore them,

    7-6 we’ll win on Saturday.!

    PS: it’s dire lads….seriously…we could really go down this year….i just realised it…

  • neeraj

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #4

    i guess lua lua, godsmark, kadar would get their chance this week……



    jonas……….godsmark…….lua …..n’zog


  • Murphy

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Jesus, when does the bad news stop? If he’s got flu on wednesday there’s no way he’ll play on the sat. That leaves us with what options in midfield?

    “I’ve made this statement to the owners so that they are aware of the situation.”

    “The people that we’ll have on the bench against West Ham are only kids.”

    I recon this statement from Joe is a plea to Ashley to cough up money.

  • Xisco Stu

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Give Zog a video of his performance in the Stoke replay this time last year and say “Same again, please”. He dictated that game after Emre got his marching orders, and we could really do with an encore in that position.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Neeraj – Are you mental?

    Playing 2 wingers in CM and one of them is 5ft 6.


    Thats the best available.

    Another option is Doninger in CM, or even Donaldson.

    I dont want to see Jonas play there, and I dont want to see Duff play at all!

  • neeraj

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #8


    i forgot we had geremi
    is he fit

  • neeraj

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #9


    godsmark nufc profile says he is att mid

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    He is a winger.

  • VikingToon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    bassong is suspended as well

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Team for West Ham:





    Depends on Guthrie and Zoggy’s fitness I suppose..

  • The Alchemist

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #13

    It seems our medical are a joke…Oba goes all the way to italy for a second opinion and Habib goes back to france. Like I have mentioned before it wouldn’t cost us that much (relatively) to get top class doctors, phsyios and other medical people in. Hull city are one of my clients at work and I go down to there training ground alot which is basically a bloody rugby club. When you compare that to our resources the injury situation is unacceptable!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14

    If neither Zoggy nor Guthrie are fit, I would play:





    and bring Lua-Lua on for Duff and let Jonas jump over to the left, and possibly bring on Ranger for Xisco/Carroll in the second-half. We don’t have many options though, do we?

  • wsq

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15

    two words LEM SIP!
    no no no

    two words

  • It Could Be Worse... We Could Be Spurs(DC)

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Just seen what happened at Spurs over the weekend RE Ghaly not getting sent on so sorry if I’m re-earthing a spent conversation but doesn’t he sound like the perfect addition?

    Spurs (Harry) must want rid quick = cheap
    Skilled CM w/ prem experience = what we need
    Showed a total disregard and lack of respect to Spurs = Shoe-in to be a cult Toon hero
    Did I mention he’d be cheap.

    I remeber a few performances of his when he was on loan at Derby and he looked the best player on the field.

    Ghaly, Mendes, Onohua + a LB would do for this window.

    Also, why hasn’t JK even acknowledged Nile as one of our players even when taking about the ‘kids’?

  • TooKing

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    oh snap…..now Geremi wants out too….apparently there is even an offer for him by Besiktas……gotta love the Toon.

  • Partizan

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Is there anything good about Newcastle lately……Ashley needs to invest at least 40 mill this January to save whats left to be saved.

    We need 2CM,1DM,1LB,1RW,1AM

    Sell:Cacapa,Butt,Smith,Xisco(i really want him to stay,but he ain’t nothing but a benchwarmer under JK),Geremi.

    Newcastle used to be a powerhouse name here where i live but now all i hear is ..”f**k NUFC,
    Newcastle’s a joke etc.
    The recognition……totally lost i’m afraid,but not cos of the club itself,its the person who owns it.
    I honestly can’t see Newcastle in the CL for the next 5-6 years if Ashley’s stays.
    I apologise if i hurt someone’s feelings on this blog but thats the cruel truth.

  • TooKing

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Thank god i’m also a Cleveland Cavaliers fan and they are nr 1 in the NBA right now ….or i would loose all my sanity……

    Still Newcastle is an integral part of my life and what Ashley is doing is unacceptable. I’ll wait till the end of January and if nothing improves i’m getting the flags and boards out again and see you guys at St James.

  • Whumpie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #20

    It is odd that he’s not mentioned Ranger, but perhaps that’s just a slip.

    Losing Guthrie would be a blow but I agree that having the old head of Geremi in there behind a young loon like Godsmark could be a worthwhile experiment. Not a good time to be experimenting, but “need’s must when the devil vomits in your handbag” as someone once said.

    So for me, assuming Enrique’s fit, it’d be:

    – Given
    Taylor – Colo – Bassong – Enrique
    Jonas – Geremi – Godsmark – Zog
    – Carroll – Owen

    And I agree with Danish_Magpie that if Zog’s either unfit or being a tit again, go 4-3-3 and just try to blast ’em.

  • TooKing

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Rather play Lua Lua then Godsmark Whumpie.

  • Partizan

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #22

    TooKing…..I’m Cleveland fan also.
    Tough game this Friday for them

    Cavs vs Celtics

  • SpartanChris

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #23

    We’re all doomed!!!!!!!

    N’Zogbia actually prefers to play centre midfield, so I’d stick Geremi in beside him and hopefully that will keep him happy til the end of the season and then flog him.

  • Partizan

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Godsmark’s better than Lua Lua in every possible aspect…..except height 🙂

  • tino97

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #25

    We have to play Geremi and the Zog. Though I have a feeling the JK fancies Jonas in the centre.

    Probably be this if Guthrie is out:

    Taylor Colo Bass Jose
    Duff Geremi Jonas Zog
    Owen Carroll

  • SpartanChris

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #26

    People keep saying we need a Left-Back, but don’t we also need a Right Back as cover for Beye. He’s the dog’s bollocks when he’s playing but Taylor/Edgar are woeful at right back when he’s injured.

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #27

    where did you hear geremi wants to go?

  • tino97

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #28

    We do need a RB. I think we should buy Onuoha as he can play anywhere across the back 4. But Beye is a big miss. Not just his defending, but at his best he is good going forward to.

  • Partizan

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Jonas was used as a CM from time to time while in Mallorca.When i saw Jonas for the first time 2 years ago,he was playing that game as a DM.

  • Sir Erec

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #30

    i think we will win, west ham’s 2-1 win over stoke does not tell the story as they did not play very convincingly

    their full backs are terrible and their strike force should be able to be dealt with if we keep tabs on carlton cole and the occasional di michele moment of trickery that rarely is pulled off correctly.

    should be an interesting match!

  • tino97

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Its on Sky Sports about Geremi. If he leaves that will leave just Butt and Guthrie as centre mid. Thats appalling!

  • SpartanChris

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Its on Sky Sports refarding Geremi and he says he’s heard that there is a bid for him.

    I reckon we should sell him and see how quickly we can beat West Brom to the 20th place.


  • TooKing

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #33

    @Partizan , hello there fellow cav then. 🙂

    can’t wait for friday, gonna be a cracking game but a hard one, especially whit out Ilgauskas, but hope we win, Celtics in a little slump now, 2 losses on the trot.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Jonas has looked poor in CM for us and Godsmark ni the centre in the premiership is suicide.

    DC – I have been sayn get Ghaly for months.

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #35

    sky sports also saying barton is pompey’s top target

  • Ben

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #36


    If Zog and Guthrie are fit if not..

    ——–Lua Lua———–

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #37

    letting barton go would be a huge mistake imo

  • tino97

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #38

    I think if people are fit. JK will play Duff up front, he has done that before, but it never seemed to worked to be honest. I would give Carroll a shot again. He was good in the 1st half, but faded.

  • keith

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #39

    i dont think germi would be a massive loss , fact of the matter is the league table doesnt lie so we are the 14th best team in the league at this moment in time so we need to completely overhaul the squad to be where we all want to be…up the table, it will take time but we will get there

  • toonj

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Its saying on ss that ferguson is available and that nufc may make a bid,i hope not


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