The Newcastle squad now has an 11-day break before their next fixture at Eastlands, and the very good news is that will give our players some much needed time to get over their assorted injuries.
Jonas Gutierrez – time to fully recover from hamstring injury
We are also hoping, of course, that the squad to face Manchester City will be strengthened by some signings in the next week.
Joe Kinnear is hoping, like the Newcastle fans, that we are able to bolster the ranks by the time the Man City game next Wednesday comes along, with hopefully several of Newcastle’s injury casualties getting that much closer to a return, plus potential new signings.
Joe said today:
“I would prefer to have a game as soon as possible but the break does give us a chance to get a few players back,”
“There are about six players missing who could be involved in the first team and a few others are carrying knocks but are still playing through the pain barrier.”
“If we can get a some players back in the next couple of weeks that would be a massive boost.”
“It also gives other lads a chance to recover from niggling problems they are carrying.”
“Joey Barton returned against Blackburn and he could be a big player for us.”
“We’re still looking to bring new players in of course and hopefully by the end of the month the picture will be looking a lot healthier.”
We’ll all be waiting for new signings, and of course tomorrow is the trial game where a number of potential new players will be participating in that game, including some youngsters too.
We hope to hear at least something following that game, because it’s now just two weeks before this transfer window closes, and we do not want to leave things until the last day again, because the transfers may not come through.
That would be deja vu – all over again – and a complete and utter disaster if that is allowed to happen again.