An excellent interview with Habib Beye today, conducted by the Evening Chronicle, and some good news about when Habib can return to the side.
Habib Beye – back for Arsenal game on March 21st
Lee Cattermole last Boxing Day, at Wigan, shattered Beye’s ankle with another horror tackle, and before that he had also put Joey Barton in hospital, during the home game with Wigan on 15th November.
And has Cattermole apologized for any of these horror tackles? We hear today there has not been a word of apology from the former Middlesbrough player – shame on him.
We wonder if he would like to be put out of the game for four months when somebody puts in a stupid tackle on him, and to say the very least, this does not reflect well on the character of Lee Caterrmole.
In fact Cattermole was in the middle of another storm at his old club Middlesbrough last weekend, with Didier Digard this time stretchered off, and facing a long-term lay-off, following another terrible tackle by Cattermole.
By the way compare Cattermole’s actions to those of our own Kevin Nolan, who has apologized for his horror tackle on Anichebe last Sunday, and it has been accepted by both managers and Victor himself. He also apologized to his team mates for letting them down.
Certainly Kevin is more of a class act than Lee Cattermole.
This boy is dangerous, and needs to be watched by the FA and Premier League officials – enough said. But back to good things – and Habib Beye.
Beye said today:
“We have talked about Chelsea on April 4.” “But I would like to think I could be back in the team for the Arsenal game (on March 21). I was determined to play again this season.”
“On Boxing Day, they thought four months – now I am one month ahead.” “If I’m back by the end of March there will be six or seven games to play.” “That wouldn’t be bad.”
“This has been a hard season for us so if I can salvage something from it, brilliant.” “The doctor said five or six weeks at the most and three weeks at the least.”
“I want to come back quicker, but the important thing is not to feel any pain when I come back. If it is three weeks, perfect. If it is five, it’s five.” “I have had a bad injury and I want to make sure I come back without pain.”
“There is no point in rushing now as I have waited almost three months.” “That is long enough, but I am confident of coming back quicker.” “Three weeks would be perfect.”
It turns out since the Wigan game Newcastle have won just one game in their last 10, ouch, and Beye admits his frustration at missing out on playing, after he also had trouble at the start of this season with Achilles problems.
“It was one of the most harrowing experiences of my career.” “I thought my leg was broken.”
“When I went to the hospital it was a relief as they said nothing was broken.”
“But when I came back to Newcastle the doc sent me for a scan to look at the ankle.”
It would be fitting to have Lee Cattermole at least apologize for the tackle – as we would have thought the players would need to stick together.
We hope we can shame Lee Cattermole into coming out and making an open apology for what he did – it’s never too late to do the right thing. Let’s check in the next week or so if he does that.
But it’s great news that Habib is approaching a return to the team – Newcastle have certainly missed him.