As far as injuries go this week, Newcastle seem to have quite a few players on the mend.
Peter Lovenkrands – should start Saturday
There’s news this week that Peter Lovenkrands, Nicky Butt and Jose Enrique are all fit again, and will be included in the squad to play Barnsley on Saturday.
Patrick van Aanholt finished his month-long loan on Tyneside last Saturday, and the 19 year-old Dutchman performed admirably for Newcastle and hopefully may become a transfer target in the future.
Patrick was allowed to return to Chelsea because our own specialized left-back, Jose Enrique is fit again, but it’s an open question whether he will start on Saturday.
Both Tamas Kadar and Ryan Taylor both able to play in that position too, and both will be itching for a start, but there’s no doubt Jose will play some of the game on Saturday to get him back in the swing of things.
Joey Barton is training again and looking good in training, according to his manager and Steven Taylor should be back in about 4 weeks.
Shola Ameobi has been out with a hamstring injury, and he’s missing his chance to add to his 8 goals tally for the season, because of the persistent injuries he always seems to pick up. Of course, it’s hardly Shola’s fault.
Unfortunately Wayne Routledge will not make it, otherwise we think Chris would have played Nolan and Guthrie in central midfield, but now the in-form Guthrie will probabaly start out on the right wing.
This is an attacking starting eleven that Chris could pick for Barmnsley assuming a 4-4-2 formation:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Guthrie Nolan Smith (c) Gutierrez
That’s not a bad team at all, and with Peter back up front we should be dangerous. The two front men have 21 goals between them this season, and they’ll be hoping to get even more come Saturday night.
Hughton is spoiled for choice on Saturday and he may make a surprise move to bring in Fitz Hall in place of Williamson, but that would be difficult given how well Fabricio and Mike Williamson have played these last 3 games together.
Chris may also give a run out to Tamas Kadar at left-back and we think both he and Jose will play in the game on Saturday, whether Jose or Tamas start.
That’s a quick look at the possible team and our injuries, which seem to be clearing up nicely for the major and final push towards promotion.
We are thinking 3 points come Saturday night and nothing less. Nottingham Forest have a tough home game against Swansea City and may drop more points, and QPR host West Bromwich Albion.
What do you think the team should be on Saturday?
Comments and opinions are always welcome.