Newcastle United coach Chris Hughton says that only Nicky Butt will definitely be back for Newcastle for our important FA Cup 3rd round replay against Hull City on Wednesday evening at St. James’ Park.
Nicky Butt – back in place of Geremi on Wednesday
And of the 7 senior players out through injury only local lad Shola Ameobi has any chance of being fit for the cup tie, and he will certainly not start, with Andy Carroll starting his 3rd game in a row after two good and encouraging displays for the Magpies.
The 27-year-old last week signed an extended deal to keep him at St. James’ Park until 2012, and Shola was delighted at signing, and it’s been quite a turnaround for him since almost leaving the club in the summer.
Hughton told nufcTV that Oba Martins, Joey Barton and Alan Smith are still a few weeks away from their returns:
“Only Nicky Butt will definitely be back from suspension,” “Other than that the nearest we’ve got is hopefully Shola.”“But the likes of Martins, Barton and Smith are still probably three weeks away.”
“So at the moment we’ve got to get the most out of what we’ve got.”
“It will be tough again but I think we’ll feel better for the way we finished against West Ham and for having crept up the table a little bit as well.”
We don’t think it will take Oba Martins 3 weeks to come back, after he has his groin operation today in Munich, Germany – we would even expect him to be available a week come Saturday.
For those of you who have access to nufcTV there’s a great interview with Andy Carroll today, who says he was stunned when he scored the goal against West Ham, and wasn’t sure exactly what to do, and he just the crowd were going mad. He said he was so happy to have scored with his parents and two brothers watching in the stands.
But he seems very down to earth and takes nothing for granted, and when asked if he thought he could score again on Wednesday – he said he first had to make the team.
It will be a great interview to read once it comes out in print – a real Geordie lad living his dream at St. James’ Park.
But that’s exactly what the youngster needs to do, and they are two good displays from Andy which show a lot of promise – but we don’t want to get carried away – well not too much anyway. 😀