Bassong And Taylor Could Be Fit For Chelsea Game

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.

Chris said:

“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.

Chris continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 🙂

  • neil

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed I wonder if we will have a new gaffer to take charge for the game and also if the supporters would be for/against this. Maybe you’d like to offer the chance to vote on a poll?

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Great news! I hope both of them recover quickly. Then at the chelsea game, we’ll have a chance! Cause the thought of playing Habib in CD, just isnt a good one. I could say this a thousand times, Beye is one of my favorite players, but he aint no Central Defender.

    Either Steven or Sebby would be good to have back for the Chelski game!

    We’ll beat’em like spurs did! Howay the lads!

  • roscoe

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t believe it…. Is this actually GOOD news? I had forgotten what that was!!


  • Wiser_than_wise

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    “we’re hopeful they could be available for Chelsea”

    HOPEFULL but its not 100% or a FACT

    WERE in god’s name is DERICK LAMBIASS :@ he said he will be communicating with the fans on a regular basis now , i havent heard from him in a month and the official site is as dead as limp bizkit website there’s hardly ever any news there,

    HE NEEDs to stand up and inform us about the manager situation becasue CLEARLY things are not working with hughton, and ashley moved to newcastle to handle things better i dont see ANYTHING changing accept us getting worse

    plus michael owen is the second worst captain i have ever seen he doesn’t inspire anyone and he looks disinterested wen he is on the pitch , my word to owen.

    MICHAEL we as newcaslte fans know that you don’t give 2 rats ass about were NUFC will end up come end of may but you have a BIG overpriced contract here which you use to feed your scum loser half assed horses on your ranch and pay for your helicopter trips to and fro from training, and such you should be bound by it by performing with gusto something you lacked ever since you left liverpool and returned to england as a washhed up hasbeen never gonna get team in cappello’s eleven, score
    some goals and F**k off

    thank you

  • hitman

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    lambass only comes out and talks when he has somthing to gain,i;e trying to get season ticket sales up.

  • Sav

    Mar 25, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Llambias can go f**k himself. (Sorry Ed). Didn’t believe half of what he said last time anyway so why anyone could give a damn what he has to say on our present predicament beats me. He only makes me angrier than I already am.

    Funny our man-of-the-match for the last several games have been between Bassong, S.Taylor and Enrique. If we could get the three of ’em to co-ordinate a performance, perhaps we would get something out of Chelsea. Anelka is crocked and we’ve defied them before….Howay the Lads!


    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Sweet, even if one of them was fit we’d be alright.

    ie – beye taylor collocini enrique
    ie – beye bassong collo enrique

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    yeah hitman all those talented brazilanz playing for us in the championship

    howay the lads

  • hitman

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    i thought that lad who couldnt get his passport sorted might of been on there.

  • Tom

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    With Beye back fit again, its less important to get Taylor back than it is Bassong.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Has not made a comment on this blogg for a week now. Actually I dont know what to say, allways said that relegation is not an option but for the last couple of days it has finally hit me that we actually can end up in the championship next season. So sad and it angers me that players has been sold, few has been bought and the board doesnt seem to care that our manager or coaches isnt good enough.

    Anyway, has anyone read this? Some nice and spot on comments from Ollie Bernard.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #14

    This isn’t quite good news.. it’s just a softening of the bad news.

    Hell, I’ll take it.

    All Taylor needs to be a really excellent player for us consistently is a good manager who will blow his head off for some of the daft challenges like the potential red-carder against Arseshaver.

    As for Bassong, I just hope he saw that standing ovation and realises that he won’t get that anywhere else. And I hope he was in treatment when the so-called supporters deserted the team with 20 minutes to go.

    Either of these guys back will give us a huge boost against Chelski. While we can do ok with some combination of Edgar, Beye, Geremi, Colo and Enrique, I don’t think ‘ok’ will be enough.

  • spiderpig

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    chelsea should be easier to play against than manu or arsenal cos they arnt as free scoring.hopefully might get a draw

  • Whumpie

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    I thought that short period of play on Saturday when Beye came on and before it all fell apart with Taylor’s injury was the best we’ve looked in months.

    Beye just give us that forward drive and spirit that’s been lacking. I think we’ve missed him more than any player this season. Not sure a full-back works well as a captain, but he’s got everything else.

  • Stardust

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Sounds a terrible thing to say, but I think if Bassong makes it and Taylor doesnt it could be the saving of our season.

    I know Taylor has had eye catching games lately, but I personally dont like those tackles – I prefer shape and interception.

    Beye, Colo, Bassong and Enrique for me every time, and the ball been played out from the back. ST cant pass it out, he is an old style defender and is uncomfortable on the ball. Plus I never liked his positioning.

    He has improved of late, but and its a big but – he wouldnt be in my team for the run in.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Even if they are fit you will lose so it is best to rest them both and make sure they are fit for the biggest game in your recent history against Stoke.

  • Stardust

    Mar 25, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Benny – are you turning into a closet fan?

  • bennytoon

    Mar 25, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #20

    No just like watching the keegan lovers sqirm.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 25, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Stoke is a must not lose, not a must win.

    Whumpie – Fullbacks are great captains, Beye should be our captain. They lead by example for the amount of running they do.

    Stardust – Colo has been the worst defender in the premiership ni the last 10 games, there is no way you can justify playing him ahead of Taylor.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 25, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #22



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