It looks like Andy Carroll will not be available for Wednesday’s game at Blackpool.
Andy Carroll – not available for Wednesday
And you have to think the outstanding form of 18 year-old England U19 International Nile Ranger, allows Chris to give Andy that extra time to recover from his groin injury.
The caretaker boss will continue to be cautious with the young Gateshead-born striker, with such a paper-thin squad at his disposal.
Nile Ranger again looked very good yesterday, and again worked his socks off for the cause, and also with experienced Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands getting match fit with 30 minutes against Cardiff, the striker problem is lifting a little at Newcastle.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Andy is touch and go for Wednesday.” “Realistically, it’s probably looking more like the weekend, but he has a chance for Wednesday.”
“One plus was Peter Lovenkrands got a run out, and he’ll be better for that, and Nicky Butt also.”
Newcastle club captain Butt will be expected to come in to replace the suspended Alan Smith at Blackpool, after also making a return from injury at Cardiff..
The Newcastle team yesterday team broke a club record, by getting their 5th straight win without conceding a goal.
The defensive display yesterday was phenomenal, and Hughton talked about our outstanding defense:
“It’s a massive plus.” “What would be lovely would be to win games scoring lots of goals, keeping clean sheets and playing attractive football.”
“Realistically, you can’t have that all the time, but if you’re keeping clean sheets, you’re not going to lose games.”
“We could have performed better with the ball. We didn’t create as much as we wanted, but defensively we looked very solid.”
Quite honestly we’re pleased that Nile Ranger will now get his 4the successive start for Newcastle at Blackpool, because we just have to think this lad could become a great player for the Newcastle club in the future.
Certainly, earlier in the year, Alan Shearer was immediately impressed with the lad, and quickly made him part of the first team squad last April.
All he needs is games, and it looks like he’ll get them this season,