Good news today in that interim Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is likely to recall Danny Simpson at right back against Queens Park Rangers tonight.
Danny Simpson – great to have him back
With Coloccini out with a groin injury it’s good news that Danny can come back, because he can come in at right back, and Zurab Khizanishvili can partner Steven Taylor in central defense.
The on-loan Manchester United defender has finally recovered from a jarred ankle sustained against Plymouth Argyle 10 days ago.
But Ryan Taylor, who ha shown very good form recently, has failed to recover from a calf injury he sustained on Saturday, and will not play tonight, along with Joey Barton, who still has a foot injury.
Kevin Nolan, Nicky Butt and Alan Smith all playing well right now in midfield, and of course Danny Guthrie is available tonight, following his one match ban, so Chris has some selection posers – which is good!
There’s little doubt that Chris is a fan of 22 year-old Danny Simpson, as he said today:
“I have been absolutely delighted with him, and I am pleased to welcome him back.” “This is not a 19-year-old coming up through the ranks at Manchester United.”
“He has been there for a while, and has also been out on loan at Blackburn and Sunderland.” “This is a lad who has a little bit of experience.” “That is something you will always need.”
Hughton will also be able to rely on utility player Geremi, and will need to pick two strikers from Ranger, Carroll and Harewood.
We would expect Nile and Andy to again start the game, as they looked good on Saturday night, and Nile needs that first senior goal for the Magpies.
We expect Marlon coming on some time in the second half to make his home debut.