The Newcastle club is in a bit of a crisis today because of three new injuries that have been sustained by players at the club this week.
Now Joe Kinnear has 11 senior players out through injury, and Joe has appealed to the owner for some funds so he can bring new players to the club, and be able to keep the club in the Premier League this season.
The news is that Andy Carroll, Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique will all miss the home 3rd round replay tonight against Hull City, because of injury. But we have a sneaking feeling that at least Steven or Jose could line up in tonight’s starting line-upp tonight – we hope so in any case.
And if one of the full backs can play we’d like to see you David Edgar as the other full back and start Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia on the bench – he’s again been talking to yet other French magazines about wanting to leave Newcastle – talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burns – N’Zogbia is whining (whingeing) while Newcastle burns – what a terrible team player!
We have every chance of winning tonight against a Hull side which will not be their strongest by their choice, and who have won only one game in their last 13 games and lost 7.
Joe will not have too many choices tonight and we have to wonder if Xisco will be played alongside Michael Owen up front, since he is supposedly up for sale, and if he gets injured that could stop money coming into the club in January for new players.
Joe has to weigh that against Xisco possibly helping us get through this round.
We think, assuming the following eleven players are injured and will not play tonight Taylor, Enrique, Beye, Cacapa, Barton, Viduka, Geremi, Smith, Ameobi, Carroll and Martins – the team Joe will play will be as follows:
Edgar Coloccini Bassong N’Zogbia
Gutierrez Butt Guthrie Duff
Subs: Harper Tozer Kadar LuaLua Ranger Donninger Godsmark
The good news (hurrah) is that Nicky Butt returns from his one game suspension and is likely to take his place in the center of midfield alongside 21 year-old Danny Guthrie.
The key to this tie, is the key to all home games it seems at St. James’ Park and that is that the defense can close up shop and stop the goals leaking in at home.
We’ve had quite a few clean sheets but not many at home and we’ve leaked 12 goals in our last 5 league goals at home since our great 2-0 win against Aston Villa on 3rd November.
We have to hope that Bassong and Coloccini have one of their better games in defense and that Michael up front is as sharp as he looked on Saturday.
The crowd will be right behind the lad tonight, as they understand we are really struggling because of the injury jinx, that has descended on Tyneside, yet again.
We can still get through tonight – and that will give everybody a big lift.
Howay The Lads!!