We’ve already had some disappointing news on the injury front this morning, and we were surprised and disappointed that Andy Carroll is out of Sunday’s game, but maybe that will give a chance to our wonder kid Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger – will be a substitute for Sunday
With Carroll and maybe Owen missing the game on Sunday, fit again Shola Ameobi and 18 year-old England Under-19 youngster, Nile Ranger, will probably compete for a spot on the bench, but we would hope Nile makes the bench. Maybe both these lads will be subs, and certainly both are more than committed to the Newcastle club.
As well as Owen and Enrique being doubtful, and Carroll being out, and Habib Beye being very doubtful, we also have two players, Bassong and Barton, who will miss the game through suspension due to red cards.
There’s nothing like shooting yourself between the eyes is there?
So we will hardly have our best team out on Sunday in a critical game for this club, but Iain Dowie still believes the players who come in will do a good job.
Iain Dowie talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning and clarified the injury situation:
“Michael’s scan results are positive, so we’re hopeful,” he said. “But he’s yet to train and he’s not 100 per cent. It will go down to the wire, definitely.”
“We want him – he’s the club captain and he’s a born goalscorer. If we don’t have him, so be it. We can go in with Oba and Mark, who would have had a goal a piece on another day on Saturday.”
“Jose Enrique’s now back to full training but he’s still a little bit stiff. He gives us a different option but I think Damien Duff has been excellent there.”
If were to have a fairly tale ending to the season, it would be Nile Ranger coming on in the second half as a sub, and getting the goal that saves Newcastle from relegation.
Rise Sir Nile Ranger. 😀