Ever since Jose Enrique came to Newcastle in August of 2007, he’s never had anybody to challenge him for the left back position.
Jose Enrique – out with a hamstring injury
With Jose’s injury last night – it’s a hamstring pull – that may change as Newcastle still have 4 days left in the transfer market.
And 23 year-old left back Daniel Fox, who was a former target of Newcastle when he was at Coventry, is available from Celtic for around £2M, so he may become a target again.
But Chris Hughton is hoping the Spanish left-back will not be facing an extended lay-off.
Enrique pulled his hamstring midway through the first half and the Spanish U21 International will be sidelined for a couple of weeks, at the very minimum.
There is news that Steven Taylor will not return until March, although the club have not said anything official on this, and that’s another reason we were delighted with Mike Williamson’s performance last night.
We have Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor and now Jose Enrique, from our first choice back four, all out injured right now.
Hughton talked about Jose’s injury last night:
“It is a concern for us at the moment. Jose has felt his hamstring and we’re hoping the fact he came off straight away rather, than make it any worse, will have helped.”
“We won’t know until the morning how serious it is.”
“We’ve taken a few knocks and bruises tonight but at this stage of the season, when everyone is fighting to do well, you expect competitive games, and tonight was very competitive.”
Of course Ryan Taylor has now served his one match ban, and will be available for the game on Saturday at Leicester City, and could well fill in for Enrique.
The absence of Enrique could be a significant blow to Newcastle’s promotion chances, we have to admit that, but it’s also a chance to strengthen the squad even more – by signing another specialist left back .