Nicky Butt will definitely miss out on Wednesday’s game against his former club, after suffering a knee injury during the 1-0 defeat at Bolton on Sunday.
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That means the Newcastle club have central midfielders Butt, Guthrie, Barton and Gonzalez all out injured, and Kevin Nolan suspended for another 2 games. That’s 5 central midfield players not available for tomorrow night’s game. 🙁
The 34-year-old limped out of the game in the second half on Sunday, and it seems the club are still awaiting news on the full extent of the injury, but the stand-in captain will definitely miss the important game tomorrow night.
And coach Chris Hughton told nufcTV:
“We’re still awaiting the results to determine the full extent of Nicky’s injury, but he won’t be available against Man United.”
“That’s a blow for us given we are without Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton in that area.” “But hopefully Nicky won’t be missing for too long.”
“We’ve got options.” “Geremi came in on Sunday and did well and we also have Alan Smith who is back in the frame.”
“But we’ll make a decision nearer the game.”
We’ll need another captain tomorrow night, and with Kevin Nolan not playing, it will be a toss up as to who gets the armband for such an important game for the club.
Hughton talked about who will get the armband:
“We’ll be telling the players first, but there are a few candidates.”
Things are starting to look just a little bit ominous for us tomorrow night.