Newcastle have a mini problem with Williamson and Coloccini both being out injured.
Coloccini – got a dead leg yesterday
And with Steven Taylor still out for another four weeks, it could well be that our two central defenders for Wednesday’s home game against Scunthorpe United will be Fitz Hall, on loan from QPR, and 20 year-old Hungarian Tamas Kadar.
We had hoped that Coloccini’s dead leg would be OK by Wednesday, but with a game next Saturday at Bristol City, Hughton may not want to risk the Argentine on Wednesday night.
And to think we had thought Fitz Hall’s loan deal was a bit of a luxury, but the 29 year-old Londoner will now have ample opportunity to prove his worth to the club.
On Newcastle’s new defensive problems, Hughton said today:
“Mike Williamson has a broken bone in his hand and will be out for three to four weeks.”
“It was an unusual accident. He was doing some fitness work at home, slipped and caught what is the hand’s equivalent of the metatarsal bone on the foot.”
“Fabricio had a dead leg. They get more painful as times goes on. He’s a tough lad, so for him to have to come off when he did shows how much pain he must have been in.”
“With dead legs, you just have to wait and see, so we’ll have to assess him for Wednesday.”
Newcastle had their lead at the top cut to 4 points as WBA beat Blackpool 3-2 at home, but Nottingham Forest lost 3-2 at Preston, so Newcastle go 9 points clear of 3rd placed Forest, with a game in hand.
There is also a full schedule of Championship games in mid-week.
All of the games are on Tuesday night, except Newcastle’s home game against Scunthorpe on Wednesday.
Nottingham Forest are at Barnsley, and WBA have a tough outing at Swansea City.
While this upcoming game against Scunthorpe looks an easy one – we can take absolutely nothing for granted, and must ensure we get all 3 points on Wednesday night.