Chris Hughton expects another tough test at Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.
Patrick van Aanholt – expected to make debut tomorrow
And some good news today that Joey Barton will return to full time training on Monday – maybe he’s the creative central midfielder we need in the second half of the season.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ll find out today about Enrique and we’re hoping it’s not as bad as we first thought.” “But it still looks like he will be out for a period of weeks.”
“It’s a hamstring. We’re assessing Steven Taylor but he will be out for a period of weeks.” “Shola and Danny Simpson won’t be at Leicester but will be back for Cardiff.”
“And Joey Barton starts training again.”
Newcastle are unbeaten in the Championship since last October 20th, when we had that crushing defeat at Scunthorpe United – I still get a pain in my arm when I even think about that game.
And there’s no doubt at all that tomorrow’s game at Leicester will be tough – and we expect new boys Williamson, Routledge and probably Patrick van Aanholt, to all be in the starting line-up.
We feel a little more confident about the outcome with these 3 players available. Certainly Williamson and Routledge both looked excellent on Wednesday night.
Hughton is expecting another tough game as usual:
“I speak to Nigel quite regularly and he’s somebody I’ve got to know quite well over the years.”
“I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He did a fantastic job here.” “And he’s doing a wonderful job at Leicester.”
“It will be a tough game and one we’re all looking forward.” “It will be a tough end to the season but we have to stay focused now.”
“They’re a side that will be there or thereabouts this season. They are where they are for a reason – they’re a good side.”
Nigel Pearson was an excellent coach at Newcastle, and he’s done a fantastic job at Leicester City, who of course have a great history.
Nigel got the club promoted last season, and they are very competitive in their first season up in the Championship, and credit to the manager for that.
We expect a very tough test indeed tomorrow afternoon, and Leicester City gave us all we could handle at St. James’ Park on August 31st, when they outplayed us in the first half, and we were rather fortunate to win 1-0.
They will of course go all out to beat us this time – but we have to expect that and deal with it.
Somehow, someway – we have to get 3 points by Saturday evening – and if we have bought Moses by then – even with Real Madrid reportedly after the player – it should be an excellent Saturday night!
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