Alan Smith will continue his comeback from injury tonight, when he will captain Newcastle Reserves at Blackburn.
Alan Smith – captains Reserves tonight
The experienced 28 year-old has played in the last two Reserve games to try to build up his match fitness, and he has captained the team both times.
Alan also had a place on the Newcastle bench in the crucial win against WBA, but was not called on during that game, and has still to appear in the first team this season, following the Achilles injury that kept him our for 6 months.
We expect Smith to again be on the bench for Sunday’s game against Everton with Martins, Ameobi and Lovenkrands probably fighting it out for the two striker starting positions.
16 year-old midfielder Haris Vukic, who we signed from Slovenian First Division side NK Domzale last month, is causing a stir at Newcastle with his good form, and is on the bench tonight.
It looks like Smith will partner 17 year-old Nile Ranger up front tonight.
Newcastle’s Academy Director Richard Money will field the following side for the 7pm kick-off at Ewood Park:
1. Fraser Forster 2. James Tavernier 3. Darren Lough 4. Mark Doninger 5. James Taylor 6. Jeff Henderson 7. Ryan Donaldson 8. Alan Smith 9. Nile Ranger 10. Kazenga LuaLua 11. Frank Wiafe Danquah
Subs: 12. Jonny Godsmark 13. Ole Soderberg 14. Brad Inman 15. Paul Dummett 16. Haris Vukcic