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.
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.