Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor is included in the Newcastle squad for the game tonight against Sheffield Wednesday, despite continuing speculation over his future with top clubs like Everton, Aston Villa and Liverpool said to be interested in the classy 23 year-old defender.
Also included in the squad for the Geordies is 22 year-old central midfielder Danny Guthrie, who has now recovered from a hamstring problem.
Joey Barton trained yesterday at the Benton training headquarters, and still remains a doubt with the foot injury he suffered during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Reading, although the damage is not as serious as was first thought.
We think Joey will play tonight, in what will be an unchanged side from Saturday’s good win against Reading.
Also in the squad is new loan signing Danny Simpson, who we think will be on the subs bench tonight, but may get a run-out late in the game, depending on the state of the game. He could make his starting debut onb saturday at Crystal Palace.
But Nicky Butt (hand) is still out with his hand injury, but is likely to rerturn for Saturday’s game, and it’s good to see some of our players returning from injury.
We expect Chris Hughton to pick an unchanged side from Saturday:
Taylor R. Coloccini Taylor S. Enrique
Barton Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Simpson Kadar Geremi Guthrie LuaLua Xisco
It’s possible Nile Ranger could be preferred on the subs bench in place of Xisco.
Francis Jeffers, who was once a Bobby Robson target for Newcastle before Jeffers joined Arsenal in 2001, is expected to return to the Sheffield Wednesday squad for tonight’s game.
The former England striker was rested for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Peterborough because of a knock he has been carrying.
The Owls have drawn both of their league games so far this season, with Peterborough and Barnsley (2-2 at home), and Newcastle will be expected to get all 3 points tonight.
But we have to deliver the goods and there can be no place for any complacency in our games this season, as we have to get into that winning mentality.
Even with the disturbing events happening off the field, the lads have got a great chance to get 7 points from their first 3 games, and that has to be the aim tonight.
We wouldn’t be at all surprised if the terrific Newcastle fans turn out in their numbers too, after Saturday’s excellent win, and the crowd could reach 40,000 tonight – not bad at all.
Howay The Lads!!