Sebastien Bassong Fully Fit For Stoke Game


After hearing the surprise news this morning that Jose Enrique will miss the game at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday some good news in that the ever-improving Sebastien Bassong, will be fit to start that game in central defense for Alan Shearer.

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Sebastien Bassong – fit for Stoke – great!


The French defender, who was injured in the Arsenal game, missed the first game of Shearer’s short reign at the club with a groin problem, which ruled him out of last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at St. James’ Park.

Shearer must be delighted to be able to call on probably Newcastle’s best player this season, and he said this afternoon:

“Sebastien trained this week and has had no reaction,” “It’s a major boost to have him back.”

And this good news was somewhat tempered by the non-availability of  Spanish youngster Joe Enrique, and Shearer explained how Jose picked up his injury earlier in the week:

“He caught a ball on his toe earlier in the week and it twisted his knee slightly,” “Hopefully, though, he won’t be out for too long.”

It will be an interesting choice for Shearer to choose his back four now, and we would plump for Edgar Beye Bassong and R. Taylor, although Shearer may want to try Coloccini at right back, since he has played there before.

We have no idea what Shearer may be thinking, but surely Danny Guthrie could also do more than a decent job at right-back, if he’s needed there.

What do you think our back four should be on Saturday?

And we’d just love to see big Andy Carroll get a start at the Britannia Stadium, because he’ll be able to help the defense out on set plays, given Stoke’s aerial attacks, and he can also be more than a handful to the Stoke defense,  all on his own.

Alan’s team choice will be very interesting, but we must go all out for the win, come hell or high water.

Comments welcome.



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90 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Geremi/Edgar – Beye – Coloccini – Bassong

    That is the strongest possible back 4 we can field. Shearer is no way going to drop Coloccini so will people get that out of their heads? R. Taylor at right back is suicide.

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  • Flan

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Guthrie at RB????? have i been looking at the wrong player because i swore he never played anywhere other than midfield. I don’t think that putting him there will solve any problems.

    I think it was against West Ham Colo was moved to RB and he looked decent there he was wipping in some decent crosses,

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  • Its going to be a physical battle and Coloccini wont be able to handle it. Anelka was too strong for him so he has no hope against Stoke.

    Geremi Beye Bassong Edgar would be my preference for the defence.

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  • TOON LAD

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #4

    could someone get me the link for to do the predictions for the remaining games

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    How do you twist your knee by catching the ball on your toe?? That makes no sense at all lol

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  • Doocey

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Power drive and Enrique takes the sting out of it by blocking it with foot, in turn the impact twisting his knee.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Alan Smith and Geremi in midfield would destroyStoke.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #8

    I would understand if he said that, but catching it on your toe implies that he tried to cushion the ball with the end of his foot or something…

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  • Stardust

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Ben – its exactly that – soft foot, ball just catches the toe rather than the inside of the ball – then it twists your foot outwards and the pain on the inner side of the knee cap kills as the twisting motion stops there
    .

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Flan

    Ive noticed that Colo is a good crosser, I remember away to Everton (i think),where he put in a few decent crosses from right back, maybe we could have a back for against stoke like this

    Coloccini____Beye____Bassong____Enrique

    or

    Swich beye back to right back on S.Taylor is the centre if he is back

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  • TOON LAD

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Toon Factor

    thanks mate

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  • jimiley

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #13

    We can pick up at least a point at Stoke. Even if we lose, we should not give up hope. We have other games we can win. The Mackems won’t get more than two or three points.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #14

    opps didnt read about Enrique

    Edger left back

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  • Stardust

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #15

    In light of Enrique being injured (which is a blow he has been great the last few month)

    ———–Harper————
    —-Beye—Collo—Bass—
    Tay——————–Jonas
    —Guth—Butt–Nolan—-
    ——Owen—Mart——–

    Though I think Martins has been a disgrace lately

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #16

    ______________Harper_____________

    Beye____Coloccini____Bassong___R.Taylor

    ______________Butt________________

    _______Nolan________Gutierrez______

    ______________Owen_______________

    _________Carroll____Martins__________

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  • TOON LAD

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #17

    i got us staying up on goal difference(by one goal)
    west brom 25pts
    smoggies 27pts
    hull 37pts
    mackems 37 pts
    US 37pts

    these 3 going down
    west brom
    smoggies
    hull

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #18

    1)Geremi———Beye——–Bassong——–Edgar

    or

    2)Guthrie——Bassong——Beye——–RTaylor-

    or

    3)Beye———–Edgar——–Colo———-Bassong

    or

    4)RTaylor——-Beye———Edgar——–Bassong–

    or

    5)RTaylor—-Beye———-Bassong———Edgar

    or

    6)–Beye———-Colo——-Bassong——-RTaylor

    or

    7)Coloccini——–Beye—–Bassong———-Edgar
    Pick 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

    For me it’s (i’ve only picked Colo because he’s got a good partnership with Bassong and Shearer will have put confidence into him) also RTaylor played at LB for Wigan in the 1st half of the season

    —————————–Harper———————-

    —Beye———-Colo——-Bassong——-RTaylor

    –Jonas——————–Butt—————-Duff—-

    —————————–Owen————————
    ——————Carroll———–Martins————-

    For me it’s six 😉

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #19

    or another attacking team(which i think it has to be) could be this as i think 442 and we’ve lost

    ——————————–Harper————————
    —-Beye———————Colo—————Bass—
    RTaylor——————————————-–Jonas
    ——————–Guthrie—Butt–Duff—————–
    ————————–Owen—Martins—————–

    We have to attack Stoke because, basically our weakened defence wont be able to take the pysicallity of there team if they attack

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  • Toon_Fresh

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Turkish –
    I think #6 is right too and your first formation should be the one AS picks on saturday.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Thanks TF

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  • chuck

    Apr 9, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #22

    STARDUST, Finally you make it obvious by the ridicules line up, what was it 3-2-3-2, that you are clueless about the game.
    Any team fielding such a line up would be destroyed.
    Stick to winding people up because you are tactically inept.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #23

    I used that formation Chuk beacuse it’s attacking!

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #24

    hello

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #25

    is

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #26

    it

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #27

    me

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #28

    your

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #29

    looking

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #30

    for

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #31

    tomtoon

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #32

    /

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  • Toonkistan

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #33

    🙂

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  • Toonkistan

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #34

    IS THEre ANYBODY OUT THERE ???

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m here 😀

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Turkish Magpie

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  • Toonkistan

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #37

    was just watching clips of newcastle beating spurs over the years hehehe 6 pts guaranteed…and we gonna beat them this time round aswell….just need barton back 🙂 i wont mind a fully fit viduka to play first 50mins 😀

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Turkish Magpie are you going the stoke match m8

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  • batty

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Toonkistan think we could sneak a point m8 but dont know aboot a win at spurs

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  • DJG

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Whoo the next 5 games are all on the telly. 4 of them I can watch in my house.

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