Hughton Hoping For Injury-Free International Break

It is now the International break and as ususal at this time Newcastle will be hoping that their International players do not return to St. James’ Park next week injured.


Hughton – hoping for no injuries during International games 

Newcastle have Damien Duff, Geremi, Jonás Gutiérrez, Obafemi Martins and Andy Carroll all on duty for their countries, and Chris Hughton needs a full squad to choose from for the upcoming game against Chelsea a week come Saturday.

Chris said today:

“We have very important players away this week – the likes of Damien Duff, Jonás, Oba, Geremi,”

“At a time when we’re starting to get players back, the last thing we want is to lose anyone.”

Geremi has played over 100 times for Cameroon, and is in the squad to face Togo on Saturday, and Oba Martins seems tio have patched up his stormy dealings with the Nigerian footballing authorities, which could be seen as bad news for Newcastle. 

Oba will be in Mozambique this weekend, and Damien Duff is in the Ireland squad to face Bulgaria in Dublin this weekend, and travels to Italy for Wednesday’s vital game. And Jonas Gutiérrez is with Argentina who will host Venezuela this weekend, before playing in Bolivia on Tuesday. Coloccini has again been left out of the Argentine squad.

Andy Carroll is in the England Under-20 squad to take on their Italian counterparts at Loftus Road that night.

And it looks like Nile Ranger seems to have replaced Andy in the England Under-19 squad. They were in action last night at Banks’ Stadium in Walsall, against the Czech Republic, but couldn’t break down the excellent Czech defense in a 0-0 draw. Nile made his debut playing in the second half of that game.

And would you believe the 17 year old young striker hit the post with just 5 minutes to go in that game, but the rebound bounced to safety.  This boy  looks the real deal to us.

Chris continued:

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed we get all of our lads back safe and sound from international duty,”

“But the quality of the Chelsea squad means they have more players away than ourselves so they are at risk of picking up injuries too.” 

We’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed that none of our players get injured, and we wish them all the best for their countries’ progress in the World Cup.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • hitman

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    watch them all get injured,just our

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    hitman how come your name is blue again m8

  • hitman

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    put a web site on your profile batty.

  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    how do you do that

  • hitman

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    cheers hitman

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    knowing our luck there get injured

  • Whumpie

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Glad we got that sorted, then.

    I suppose the one up-side of having a poor, under-performing squad is that there are fewer international call-ups to worry about.

    Clouds, linings and all that.

    Any more news on Bassong or Taylor yet?


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