Senegal defender Habib Beye will be in the Newcastle squad for tomorrow’s home game againsth Arsenal, after suffering ankle ligament damage at Wigan on Boxing Day.
Habib Beye – ready after 3 months out with ankle ligament damage
After a full three months out of action, Beye returned to full training a week ago today, and is now fully ready to take his place in the starting line-up, if selected, for tomorrow’s game.
Habib talked to the Newcastle United official site today:
“I feel really good because three months was a long time,” “It was a bad injury and we thought it would be four months out.” “But it’s great to be able to play now because we have nine games to go.”
“I feared I would miss the rest of the season so it is a great relief to be back and be able to play my part.” “We have nine games and 27 points to play for.”
“It doesn’t matter who we play, be it Arsenal or Chelsea, we must try to get points from every game to save the club because that is all that’s important.”
“That is why we need to do everything we can to keep the club up and that starts against Arsenal.” “When you are a professional footballer you want to play every game and it is a big game at home,”
“But I think the manager will decide if I’m ready after some more training and we’ll see if I’m on the bench or need more training.”
The team has certainly missed Habib’s experience and leadership at the back, and it will be good to get Habib back into the side.
However, we doubt if Habib will start tomorrow for a couple of reasons – one is that Steven Taylor was Man of the Match last weekend at Hull, and scored a great goal, and will likely keep his place.
The second reason is that our next game is at home to Chelsea, in a couple of weeks time, and Habib will be able to get in extra training before then, and be ready to start that game.
He may of course be used tomorrow as a substitute, depending on the state of the game – but if he does come on – we hope it’s to maintain our lead – as tomorrow afternoon we desperately need all 3 points against an in-form Arsenal side.
But how many times have you heard that over the last couple of months?