Alan Shearer is very hopeful Newcastle will be handed a double fitness boost by the return of Sebastien Bassong and Steven Taylor this week.
Sebastien Bassong – will be fit for Saturday
And if everything is OK this week, we expect both to start at Stoke next Saturday, to the exclusion of Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini, who has probably made one mistake too many at the back for Newcastle this season.
Both Sebastien Bassong (groin), who has been sensational this season, and Steven Taylor (ankle), who has been Newcastle’s best player of late, missed Saturday’s game against Chelsea.
Both left the game against Arsenal, when the team lost 3-1 at home, but the good news is that both players are expected to resume full training this week, in preparation for the do-or-die game at Stoke on Saturday.
And new Newcastle manager Alan Shearer told Newcastle TV today:
“They weren’t that far away for the Chelsea game.” “However, Sebastien was a lot closer than Steven.” “But it would’ve been a risk to push him because he was at about 85% before the game.”
“We do realize that there are seven other games to play and if he’d broken down in this one we might have lost him.” “So hopefully by missing the game we’ll have them both available for the remaining seven.”
That was a wise decision to leave them out on Saturday, but there again if Bassong had been playing maybe, just maybe, we could have got something out of Saturday’s game. But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now of course.
These two youngsters have been Newcastle best players in the last several games, and no doubt Alan and Iain will want to pair them in practice in central defense this week, so they get enough practice together for Saturday’s game. We feel sure that Coloccini will be left out of the upcoming game against Stoke City.
A back four of Beye Taylor Bassong and Enrique on current form looks very strong on paper, and we need these four to be at their very best at Stoke on Saturday, if we are the the win we so desperately need.
We can only wait and see, but after every defeat these weeks seem to become longer and longer between games.
Howay The Lads!!