It was really good news to hear that Habib Beye had his first full day of training yesterday.
Habib Beye – back in full training
Habib injured his ankle in the Boxing Day game at Wigan, and at first it was thought he may even be out for the season.
But Habib will likely return against Arsenal at home next Saturday, and we’re almost certain he will make some appearance in that game, and no doubt will get a terrific welcome back from the Newcastle fans.
Beye told the Evening Chronicle today:
“My aim has always been to get back ahead of schedule.” “I thought I would be out for four months when it first happened.”
“And I always hoped that there would several games left to play when I did return.”
“I just want to play my part and help the club.”
Of course Beye will bring back a lot to the Newcastle team, and it’s not just his skill and attitude, but he’s also very experienced with great leadership skills – it’s no accident he was captain at his former club, Marseilles, before he arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2007.
And Beye was probably the best signing Sam Allardyce made at the club, since most of the others have dropped by the wayside.
When he was initially injured there was some disagreement as to how Habib should have his ankle treated. Two two top European surgeons recommending an operation, but the other option was to come back from the problem with intense physiotherapy, which seems to have worked well, in retrospect.
So we expect Beye to train all next week and be ready for selection for the tough game with Arsenal, and the other good news is that Danny Guthrie has laso retruned to training.
Speaking about the good news on Beye, and on Danny Guthrie’s return following a hamstring injury, Chris Hughton said:
“We’ve had Habib and Danny Guthrie training.” “They’ve both been out for some time.”
“They will do a full week of training which we will assess next week before we make a decision to see if they are involved against Arsenal.”
“We hope that Habib will be involved against Arsenal, but that decision will be based on how he does.” “Having Habib and Danny back has been a big lift for everybody.”
“What we want is to have tough decisions on selection.”
Those are good decisions for Chris to have to make, so we’ve had Butt come back from missing the Manchester United game, and Michael Owen has also returned for today’s game after being out since last January.
And now for our next game after today, we’ll have two of our better players, Beye and Guthrie, both available.
Things are looking up on the injury front, and of course Kevin Nolan will also be ready for Arsenal too, after his 3 game suspension.
All we need to do today us beat Hull City, and then we can be all set for the next challenge – Arsenal at home.
Howay The Lads!!