Club captain Nicky Butt will return to the Newcastle United team for Saturday’s game with Doncaster Rovers.
Nicky Butt – will play on Saturday
Nicky missed the midweek defeat at Scunthorpe because of illness, but it would have been a surprise had he started that game.
The 34-year-old midfielder had to withdraw from the squad having felt sick earlier in the week.
But with holding midfielder Alan Smith now suspended for Saturday’s game, boss Chris Hughton will turn to Butt to fill in.
Chris said today:
“Unfortunately Nicky had to miss the Scunthorpe game because of illness,”
“But he’s fine now and he’ll be ok for Saturday.”
“Nicky’s experience is invaluable and, with Alan Smith missing, it’s a boost to have him back.”
Those are good words from Chris, but the truth is that Nicky has not played well so far this season, and Alan Smith is rightly keeping him out of the starting eleven.
But Saturday is a big chance for the club captain to come in and give a captain’s performance, when it’s most needed.
We need a win on Saturday – come hell or high water!