We expect the line-ups for today’s Spurs vs Newcastle game to be announced within about 90 minutes from now.
Oba Martins – asked to play through pain barrier – but he will not
Newcastle manager Alan Shearer is reported to be ready to make a number of late decisions on players, and that’s regarding their fitness.
The news all week is that Shearer has asked striker Obafemi Martins, who has a sore groin, to play through the pain barrier, and defender Steven Taylor (ankle) and striker Peter Lovenkrands (chest infection) only resumed full training on Friday. Shearer will need to ensure there is no reaction from the players, in terms of their fitness.
Left-back Jose Enrique (knee) remains a serious doubt and will not play, but striker Mark Viduka (Achilles) is included in the squad, and is fully expected to be on the subs bench.
Midfielder Joey Barton did not resume full training last week, as expected, and is not included in the squad, but is expected to resume full training this coming week and will certainly be ready for the crucial Portsmouth game a week tomorrow, which has a 8:00 pm kick off.
No doubt we will have a sold-out full house of 52,000 fans there for that game, whatever happens this afternoon. How in heaven’s name did we get ourslelves in this position, with that kind of support?
On the Tottenham side, striker Jermain Defoe could make a quick return to the squad, which would be a surprise, although Roman Pavlyuchenko (back) and former Newcastle player, Jermaine Jenas (hamstring) are struggling to play – and we have to hope both will not make this game – yes we know that’s being selfish.
But remember all’s fair in love and war – and relegation battles.
Unfortunately Wilson Palacios is back from suspension and Alan Hutton (foot) is fit again and both could play. But assuming everybody comes through today – we still expect Alan will start the following Newcastle eleven:
S. Taylor Beye Bassong Edgar
Duff Barton Butt Gutierrez
Owen (c) Carroll
Subs: Forster Coloccini Guthrie R.Taylor Viduka Ranger Lovenkrands
We just don’t think Martins will play today, mainly because we want to see young Andy Carroll paired with Michael Owen up front, from the start. It seems that Carroll- Owen is a much better striking partnership, which will offer more danger to the Spurs’ defense.
And no room on the bench for Ameobi, Smith, Geremi or Cacapa.
We’ll soon know what the starting eleven will be, and we have to hope we can get a win today, as draws right now are of little use to us.