Both Steven Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands will return to full training tomorrow, and both could be in the side at Spurs on Sunday afternoon.
Steven Taylor – resumes full training tomorrow
Taylor has missed both of Alan Shearer’s games in charge of Newcastle, after picking up his bruised ankle injury against Arsenal at St. James’ Park.
And of course we had a scare with Peter Lovenkrands, who left the field on a stretcher and required oxygen during the 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, but thankfully Peter is again fully fit and ready to go.
Shearer seems hopeful enough that both players could play some part at White Hart Lane, as he told the official site today:
“Both Steven and Peter will return to full training on Friday,” “We will monitor their fitness and we’re hopeful.”
However, it seems that Argentine center-back Fabricio Coloccini has picked up an Achilles injury in training this week, and the Newcastle manager hasn’t yet ruled him out for Sunday:
“Fabricio picked up a knock in training.” “But we haven’t ruled him out of Spurs and we’ll monitor his situation.”
And Shearer believes Jose Enrique will not be available for Sunday, but should be back for the Portsmouth game at home, a week on Monday night, when we should almost have all our players fit, maybe for the very first time this season, physically fit if not fully match fit.
We expect Steven Taylor to start on Sunday, with maybe Lovenkrands on the bench, although we can do with the Dane’s goal-scoring prowess, as we need as many goals as we can get right now.
Goals win games, and we’ve seen precious few of them over the last six games or so.
But this news on the injury front has to be some good news for the club.