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.
“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.