One good thing that is happening at Newcastle, that may yet save us this season, is that we have some good players now returning from injury.
Danny Guthrie – fit again after hamstring strain
Chris Hughton talked about this to the Newcastle Journal today:
“There’s been no additional injuries from the weekend, which is a plus,” “The bonus going into the weekend game is Habib Beye will have had a week’s training. He and Danny Guthrie trained last Thursday.”
“And Kevin Nolan is back from suspension. It means we’ll have three big-name players back in key areas pretty soon. Kevin’s fine, no problem, he’s missed the last three games through suspension.”
“Habib Beye and Danny Guthrie are now free from injury but a decision will be taken on where they are fitness-wise after this week’s training. It’s great to have them back involved but we need to assess where they are.”
“At the moment we have a reasonable complement of players. Joey Barton and Mark Viduka are now the two big absentees left.”
We assume that Ignacio Gonzalez is still on loan at the club and he is supposed to be fit in about 3 weeks, after being laid up with an Achilles injury since early September.
But it looks like Newcastle have written the Uruguayan off for the run-in to the season, given that we have Butt, Guthrie, Barton, Smith and Geremi fit right now, to fight it out for the central midfield positions. And we expect Joey Barton back in about 3 weeks, so Joey shouldn’t be missing for too long, which is good news.
The other good thing regarding Habib Beye and Danny Guthrie (and Joey too), is that even if they don’t play on Saturday, they’ll have another 2 weeks to get fit and do some training, before our next game at home to Chelsea.
This is the time in the season, the business end of the season, that we need some players to stand up and be counted. To use a well-worn baseball term – they need to step up to the plate.
We haven’t seen too many of them do that yet, but Steven Taylor showed the way on Saturday at Hull City, with a more than committed performance, and a great goal too, from the local lad.
Other players, as we said yesterday, would do well to follow Steven’s lead.
We need them all fighting for the Newcastle United cause, as if their lives depended on it.
Howay The Lads!!