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.