Newcastle manager Alan Shearer will be without left back Jose Enrique for Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash with Fulham, and no doubt will again ask the very capable Damien Duff, who is willing to play anywhere for the side, to fill in again at left back.
Alan Smith – only 50-50 for tomorrow’s game
Alan Smith is still only 50-50 with his thigh injury, but if he is fit, we expect him to be used on the bench for the important game tomorrow afternoon with Fulham.
Damien Duff has shown himself to be a good left-back, where he played several times for Chelsea, and certainly he’s played his socks for the team this year. It’s good to see Duff continuing to do a good job – out of position – for the Newcastle side. The Irishman will stay at Newcastle next season, whatever happens in our last two games.
But Enrique has again been ruled out with the hamstring injury which has kept him out of the last two games.
And Obafemi Martins did not train yesterday (good), as he goes very careful with his dodgy groin, which will be fixed in the summer, but Oba can come on as an impact substitute again tomorrow, and at Aston Villa if we can keep him fit enough.
We don’t think Alan will make many changes to the side that played on Monday night – the only change we see Alan possibly making is to start Lovenkrands on the left wing in place of Gutierrez. But substitutes Martins (still slightly injured), Gutierrez (if he doesn’t start) and Carroll will again likely be used.
This is the team we expect tomorrow:
Beye S.Taylor Bassong Duff
Guthrie Butt Nolan Lovenkrands
Owen (c) Viduka
Subs: Krul Coloccini Smith Carroll R.Taylor Martins Gutierrez
That’s a good side with some good substitutes on the bench, and we need the win tomorrow afternoon – let’s go for it lads – all out!!
It’s even possible we could be safe from relegation by tomorrow night, but only if we can win (job one), and then hope Hull City lose at Bolton Wanderers.