Habib Beye, the Senegal player who was Newcastle best player in his first season at the club last year, suffered ankle ligament damage during the 2-1 defeat at Wigan on Boxing Day and has been on the sidelines ever since.
Habib Beye – still 8 weeks away from playing
It was another reckless challenge from Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole, who in the previous game between the two side sides had put Joey Barton in hospital too. We wonder if this lad has any idea of the anguish he causes with his reckless play.
Habib has been on crutches most of the time since the Christmas game, with a protective boot on, but the good news this morning is that Beye is now stepping up his comeback bid, at the club’s North Tyneside training headquarters.
But we’ll not hold our breath because a first team return is still around two months off, about the same time that Joe Kinnear will be away following his successful heart surgery last Friday.
The former Marseilles captain still hopes to come back and help the side in their final games of the season, which could be crucial to staying up, but we are hoping we’ll be safe from relegation by that time.
Habib told nufcTV in an exclusive interview this morning:
“I’ve now started my recovery and I can do some work with my ankle on the bike and also some boxing,” “I hope to be back training in about five weeks but I don’t want to rush things because it was a bad injury.”
“I want to come back with a solid ankle so if I have to wait a little bit longer then so be it.” “Myself and the Doc decided not to have surgery and he has done a great job with me and my ankle feels good.”
But Beye also admits that it’s a little soul destroying to come to training each day with a protective boot on, and be on crutches, and not be able to help the lads, during a difficult period.
“When you come into training on your crutches every day and you see your team-mates going out to training it’s hard,” “But now I’m a part of the team because when you have crutches and you do nothing you think you are nothing!”
“It’s good to have my boot off so I can come back into training and sweat a little bit.” “I have to work hard and the hard work is still ahead of me, but I’m very happy to be back working towards playing again.”
“Three months out is a long time and I just can’t wait to be back.”
There’s no doubt that Habib has been a huge miss for the team this season, not only because of his play, but also because of his significant leadership ability on the field.
We look forward to Beye returning to the side, when he will have been out for almost 4 months by the time he does return in April.