Routledge, Enrique Return Wednesday – O’Brien Coming Back?

Chris Hughton has admitted today that he could have played Jose Enrique on Saturday, but it would have been a bit of a risk after the Spaniard had broken down after only 33 minutes in his comeback game following a hamstring injury.

Jose Enrique – got a rest Saturday – back Wednesday

We had thought that Chris wouldn’t risk him, because to his credit, the manager really tries to ensure players are fully fit before they play.

And since Tamas Kadar did another good job for the team on Saturday afternoon, Hughton was delighted to have been able to give a Jose a rest.

However, it seems that Hughton is ready to welcome back both Jose Enrique and Wayne Routledge against Scunthorpe United on Wednesday night, which has to be good news.

Chris said today:

“Jose and Wayne will both be ready.”  “In normal circumstances, Jose would have come on. But it would have been a big risk, particularly after his last game.”

“Because of the fact we got the draw, I’m delighted I didn’t put him on.” “We’re at home against Scunny, which is the most important thing, but we’ve got a few knocks and bruises, and a few decisions to make.”

If Jose will be fit then the two central defensive positions will be between Hall, Kadar and Coloccini, if the Argentine has recovered from the dead leg he got on Saturday afternoon.

And we understand Danny Simpson also picked up a knock on Saturday, but we’re not sure of his status for Wednesday night..

And there’s speculation in the press today that Hughton  may be considering bringing in former Newcastle player, Andy O’Brien,  on loan through the end of the season.

Andy played in Bolton’s 4-0 win over Wigan on Saturday, partnering Zat Knight in central defense, but it seems new manager Owen Coyle would make him available if Newcastle go after the 6’3″ player, who is now 30.

Andy O’Brien – former Newcastle center-back

Andy has played well over 350 first class games in his career, and his experience is what the Newcastle club will need, if indeed Chris decides to bring  somebody in.

Andy played around 130 times for the Magpies from 2001 until 2005, so knows all about the Newcastle club, St. James’ Park and the Newcastle supporters.

In that way he would be a good loan signing for the Tyneside club for the last 6 weeks of the season.

Although not always widely admired by Newcastle fans, we liked Andy a lot  because he always gave 100% for the side, and what you saw is what you got with the  Harrogate-born player

We should know within the next day or two if Chris decides to make a move, to bring the lad back to the club.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 15, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #1

    i say go for it

  • GvFalkirk

    Mar 15, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #2

    I say not 🙂

    let Tamar get some games under his belt and maybe Tavenier get a place on the bench

  • Welsh Magpie

    Mar 15, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree with Tom Mo, y not. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. We’ve got nothing to lose on him.

  • Mags

    Mar 15, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #4

    we may have to as a short term loan signing, remember Simpson was limping for about 2/3 of the game on Sat and would probably have been subbed had we not been down to bare bones.

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Be good to say OB back, I think we could do with him. We should be alright for RB if Simpson is injured as Taylor (R) can play there, would like to see Beye come back in the summer though if possible. Taylor is not a good enough back up for Simpson.

  • Newutd

    Mar 15, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #6

    And Simpson is not good enough for PL…We need a class right back.

  • IrishMan

    Mar 15, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #7

    I just checked by accident. How long is the blog back on? I thought it shut down months ago!! Great to have it back.

  • Thump

    Mar 16, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s been back for a few months now, IrishMan. Turns out Ed couldn’t leave us high and dry 😉

    Wouldn’t mind seeing O’Brien back in black and white, but I disagree with Bucks mag about bringing Beye back in. Did you not see what he said last month about wages?

  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 16, 2010 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #9

    yeah I don’t want Beye back. I know simpson isnt top class, but he busts his @$$ for the black and white already and has a great attitude and hustle. We do need another RB next year though. I will give credit where credit is due to any player with simpsons attitude and work ethic no matter what their ability is like

  • Newutd

    Mar 16, 2010 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #10

    To be satisfied with a player because he has the right attitude is just wrong. There are lots of shitty players that would have the right attitude and work hard. Simpson simply isn’t good enough.

  • Thump

    Mar 16, 2010 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t disagree, I’m more concerned about the money hungry merchants that plagued us last season, and as good a player beye is, he was out fairly sharpish when it came to relegation.

    That said, in 15 days it’ll be the 1 year anniversary of big al being appointed interim manager. Funny how things change, isn’t it?

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 16, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #12

    I thought Beye left us on the last day of the window.

    Anyway he did us a favour. We didn’t need him on those massive wages and we got some cash for him. If we had of kept him we would be losing him this season as he would have been out of contract, where as we have blooded Simpson and got him on much cheaper wages.

  • tdt

    Mar 16, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #13

    our lowest attendance is higher than anyone elses highest attendance, not bad that:,,10794~20097,00.html

  • lesh

    Mar 16, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #14

    GvFalkirk // Mar 15, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    I say not [go fo O’Brian]

    “let Tamar get some games under his belt and maybe Tavenier get a place on the bench”

    Gv, were in a tricky position and if WBA win on Tuesday, they’ll be 1 point behind us!!

    Alarm bells ring and like most if not all, I’d like us to go up as Champions and to do that, we must not lose games and the chances of loosing are much reduced with a solid defence.

    Kadar, good though he is, is still relatively inexperienced and for that reason, I’d be more than happy to go for the experience and maturity that O’Brien would add to the currently available squad.

    A good move, I’d say – go for it!

  • lesh

    Mar 16, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #15

    And Routledge should provide some spark and width on Wednesday.

    If he and Jose are in, then I think we’ll get a good result.


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