Good news today that Newcastle will welcome back Spaniard Jose Enrique into the squad for the game against Barnsley on Saturday.
Jose Enrique – back on Saturday
Jose has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since January 27th, but he hasn’t been missed too much because of the savvy loan signing of Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea.
Patrick went back to Chelsea yesterday after playing just great for the Magpies.
Of course Jose will be very short of match practice after being out almost 6 weeks, but we still expect Chris to start him on Saturday.
Chris Hughton told the club’s official website today:
“Jose will be back for Saturday and that is a huge boost for us.”
“He has been a massive player for us this season and to lose him when we did was a blow.”
“Thankfully the arrival of Patrick helped cushion that blow but to have Jose back is excellent news.”
Hughton also hopes to have Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands back for the visit of the Tykes.
It seems Peter was close to making it from his hamstring injury last Saturday but wisely wasn’t risked.
But the bad news is that right winger Wayne Routledge will not make it with his calf injury.
Wayne’s already missed the last two games with the injury he picked up in training just before the Preston game..
And Newcastle manager Chris Hughton told the official site that Routledge will not make it for Saturday’s visit of Barnsley:
“We’ll again be without Wayne,”
“But the good news is that Peter Lovenkrands, Nicky Butt and Jose Enrique should all return.
“However, we’ll still also be without Shola Ameobi and Steven Taylor.”
We don’t expect Steven back until early April, but what’s up with Shola?
The local striker has missed far too many games this year with a hamstring injury.
And no word on how Joey Barton is progressing. Joey was supposed to make it back a few weeks ago, but we suppose his comeback has been slowed for whatever reason.
But the good news is that both Lovenkrands and Enrique will return for Saturday, and because they are two of our better players, that’s got to be good news.