An update from manager Chris Hughton today on the injury front at Newcastle United.
Wayne Routledge – fitness race for Saturday
Right winger Wayne Routledge is facing a race to be fit for Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
The Sidcup-born star was injured in training following the the 4-1 win against Coventry City last month.
But Wayne is hoping to join the first team training sometime this week.
With the lads doing so well it’s good to remember we still have Wayne, Steven Taylor, Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi out injured, so competition for places when these four return will be very high indeed – and that’s got to be good,
And Hughton also hopes to have Alan Smith back from an ankle injury he picked up late last week in training.
Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Wayne Routledge hasn’t trained with us yet, but he’s into his rehab – whether he’ll be ready we’re not quite sure.”
“We hope it’s good news with Jose. He just felt very stiff and we told him if he felt it to say straight away, which he did.”
And he was confident that Smith will be involved on Saturday, which looks like the midfield will be reshuffled again, and maybe that means Danny Guthrie will once again need to be content with a place out on the right wing?
“Alan will be fit. He got a knock in training on Thursday. I thought he would be OK, but it came up overnight and he just missed out.”
At some point we think Danny Guthrie has to force himself in front of our other central midfielders into a starting central position, and certainly his performance on Saturday will stand him in good stead to start there at the Riverside this Saturday afternoon.
But Chris will have selection problems – no doubt about that – and that’s just great.