It’s being reported today that Shola Ameobi and Jose Enrique will both be out for another couple of weeks.
Jose Enrique – back in two weeks
So it could be that Jose will be ready for the game against Barnsley at home on 6th March, which will be the first game after Patrick van Aanholt has returned to Chelsea, following his one month loan on Tyneside.
And further news on the injury front is that Steven Taylor, who is said to be on Chelsea’s radar screen for the summer, could be ready by the end of March.
Newcastle have 7 games in April and May, including the rearranged game at Reading on Tuesday, 13th April, so we really hope Steven can return on schedule – we’ll need him.
And also Joey Barton is slowly returning to full training, although his return has been delayed a little, since he was initially due back for last Saturday’s game at Swansea.
Chris Hughton talked about the injuries this morning:
“Joey’s involvement in training has been a bit part.” “He will join in part of the sessions but not all of them then we will develop it from there.”
“We would like to think he can play a part in these lads group of games – but he has to get to fitness first.”
We would be surprised if Newcastle can extend Patrick van Aanholt’s loan on Tyneside, since Ashley Cole broke his ankle last week.
Chris talked about this today:
“Patrick’s situation is one we will have to assess,”
“We have not spoken to Chelsea. I speak regularly with Frank Arnesen at Chelsea to tell him about Patrick’s displays but we have not spoken about extending it. ”
If Patrick’s loan is not extended, and Jose is not fit for March 6th, then maybe Tamas Kadar can be given a run-out at left back.
The 19 year-old Hungarian (he turns 20 next month), can play at center-back and left back, and he’s a steady player, who makes few mistakes.
Of course Ryan Taylor is also available to play in that position, although full back is not Ryan’s best position, at least in our opinion.