Bad news being reported today is that new loan signing Marlon Harewood has sustained a foot injury in training, and central defender Steven Taylor was today facing a scan on a hamstring problem.
Marlon Harewood – slight foot injury but back tomorrow?
This could leave two important players out of the squad for Saturday’s important game at Nottingham Forest, and with our small squad we just cannot sustain these injuries without weakening the side.
As we know Fabricio Coloccini (groin) is already recovering from an injury, and now poor Chris Hughton will literally be praying that defender Zurab Khizanishvili comes through Georgia’s World Cup qualifier with Bulgaria today without injury.
There is a little hope for Harewood however, since he was hoping to be back in training tomorrow, after working with the Newcastle medical team today.
But of course Chris has to be very careful that he doesn’t play injured players, and have their long term fitness impaired by taking any chances.
So far Chris has played the injuries just right and has always erred on the side of caution.
And Hughton is also hoping that Newcastle young gun Nile Ranger, who has been out with a virus, will be fit for Saturday:
“We hope that Marlon is back in training on Thursday.” “Nile had a problem – a virus – in the week building up to it.”
“Considering the virus he had, and that a few of the lads were poorly for that week, it was felt he needed a period of rest to overcome it.”
“Nile was probably the worst one, but he’s on the way to recovery and we expect him to be OK for the weekend.”
The Football Association are also claiming they have yet to hear why Nile Ranger was pulled out of the England Under-19s squad for the European Championship qualifying tournament in Slovenia.
An FA spokesman said:
“We are yet to receive an official explanation as to why Nile was withdrawn.”
Newcastle should and will clear this up immediately.