Zurab Khizanishvili came though Georgia’ s 6-2 hammering in Bulgaria last night uninjured, and then sent a message to the Newcastle manager, that he was fit and ready to go against Nottingham Forest.
Zurab Khizanishvili – ready for Forest – good
As we learned this morning both Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor are both struggling with injuries and Zurab may well have a key part to play on Saturday, in the nationally televised game which starts at 5:20 pm.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton told the Chronicle today:
“Steven has a hamstring problem but we’re refusing to rule him out, and it’s the same for Colo.”
“We’ll see if we can get him involved with the main group first and get him up and running before we rule him out of Saturday.”
“Zurab is fine and so is Jonas Gutierrez.”
Good news also that the manager this afternoon confirmed that Marlon Harewood has recovered from his injury scare in training, when he sustained a foot problem on Tuesday.
Tamas Kadar is on standby for the Forest game, and if Taylor and Coloccini don’t make it, and we have every confidence that the 19 year-old can do the job on Saturday.
Hughton, quite understandably, believes the vast experience of Khizanishvili will be vital if Taylor and Coloccini miss the game on Saturday.
“He is an international player who has played football at a very good level.” “There’s also his personality.”
“He’s delighted to have come here and had an opportunity, and we’re delighted with him.”
“You never know when somebody comes how quickly they’re going to play, but an opening arose for him, and he’s been involved in the last three games.”
“He’s a good acquisition for us and we hope to see more of the same from him.”
And Newcastle are facing a Forest side in form, and they have won their last 3 league games as Hughton said:
“Their early season form wasn’t so good but they are in very good form now and will be looking forward to taking us on.”
“They have a lot of good options around the pitch and we expect a tough game.”
It will be a tough game, but with the players we have, there’s no reason why we cannot get our 8th league win of the season – and saty top of the league.