It doesn’t seem to take long, after a number of players start returning from injury at Newcastle, that some other key players get injured.
Steven Taylor – no ankle ligament damage
And it happened again on Saturday, when two of our best performing players, Sebastien Bassong and Steven Taylor, both had to leave the field with injuries that are still to be fully assessed, but looked initially like both would miss the next game at home to high-flying Chelsea.
But there may be even some good news today in that Hughton seems optimistic of having at least one of them for the Chelsea game.
“We are continuing to assess Steven and Sébastien Bassong and we’re hopeful they could be available for Chelsea,”
“What we haven’t done at this moment is rule either of them from making the Chelsea game.”
“We are looking for an improvement over the next week or so and if we get that, they’ve got a chance but we’re not ruling either of them out 100%.”
The initial news on local lad Steven Taylor was that he could be out for at least two to three weeks, with ankle ligament damage, but Chris today says that is just not the case.
“No, that is not the case, with both of these injuries the assessment is going to be over the next few days.”
“And we’ll know after that if one or both of them have a chance for the Chelsea game,”
That would be excellent news for Newcastle, and of course if they are both fit, with Habib Beye also now fully fit, and looking good last Saturday, it could be that one of them will not make it as a starter for the Chelsea game. But that is good for Newcastle, because increased competition for places makes players play better.
Just look at how Steven Taylor has performed in great style these last two games, and has been Newcastle’s Man Of The Match.
Don’t think it’s a coincidence that the great Habib Beye has returned from injury, and is now breathing down Steven’s neck for the right-back spot.
As we said, competition for places at Newcastle is very good, and the more the better.