Newcastle’s stand-in manager Chris Hughton is tempted to put Oba Martins straight back into the Newcastle starting line-up for Sunday’s crucial game against Everton at St. James’ Park.
Oba Martins – fit again following groin surgery
Now that Nigerian striker Oba Martins is back in full training, it would be a little surprise if Oba isn’t starting on Sunday.
But it’s also true that Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands both did well in our last game at WBA, so it may be that Chris will start these two, and then bring Oba on at some point during the game.
The 24-year-old live-wire, who is a big favorite on Tyneside, has not played since the 3-0 win at Portsmouth in December, when he hurt his groin when stabbing in our second goal.
He didn’t do his usual somersault, so we knew there was something wrong. Oba of course had a hernia operation in Munich, Germany last month, which seems to have fixed up the problem.
Oba has now been in full training for a solid two weeks, and knowing Oba he’ll be wanting to contribute to the team on Sunday.
Newcastle coach Chris Hughton told nufcTV today:
“There’s no doubt that there’s a temptation to put Oba straight back into the starting line-up,”
“But he’s been out for a while and we’ll have to assess what training he has done since he’s came back.”
“But that’s a nice problem to have and we’ll see what happens come Sunday.”
That’s just one of the selection posers (we’ll not call them problems) Chris will have, as he also has Jonas Gutierrez back from his one game ban, and will need to decide between Jonas, Duff and Ryan Taylor for who starts on the wings.
But these are good posers to have, and quite soon we’ll also have Danny Guthrie and Michael Owen back, and fingers crossed, we’ll almost have a full squad to choose from.
And our squad is quite strong when everybody is fit, with lots of competition for places, so hopefully we’ll be able to quickly get out of the relegation quagmire in a few weeks
Wouldn’t that be good! 😀