Lovenkrands Now Doubtful For Bristol City Game

The Danish International Peter Lovenkrands picked up a knock on Wednesday night against Scunthorpe United.

Peter Lovenkrands – picked up knock against Scunthorpe

The news this morning is not good about Peter Lovenkrands, as the in-form striker will probably miss the game at Bristol City tomorrow.

It looks like Lovenkrands had picked up an ankle injury or a calf injury, whichever report you believe.

News this morning is that he has already had a scan done on his injured ankle, but there is some confusion as the club has said today that report is not true.

If Peter cannot play it should give a chance for Leon Best, but Leon hasn’t scored for Newcastle yet, and the Dane is so much better at putting the ball in the back of the net.

It may well be that Hughton will play a 4-5-1 formation with Carroll up front and Kevin Nolan playing just behind the lone Newcastle striker.

It will also be a chance for Kevin to score a goal or two, which we all know he is well capable of.

Midfielder Nicky Butt is also ready to play, and there’s always our 18 year-old budding young star, Nile Ranger, to play up front with Andy Carroll in a 4-4-2 formation.

But somehow we don’t see Chris putting Nile before his new January signing, Leon Best.

If Peter cannot play it will at least give an opportunity to some other player, and let’s hope whoever plays tomorrow will take their chance big time.

It would be good if Leon plays and gets a couple of goals, and that would give the new signing a confidence boost.

Who do you think should play if Lovenkrands is out tomorrow?

Comments very welcome.

9 comments so far

  • listie

    Mar 19, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Would prefer Ranger up front than Best, still have no idea why he was bought, but tbh I dont care as long as Butt is not playing

  • Davies

    Mar 19, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I think you’re probably right Ed. Best is likely to start up front with Carroll if we play two strikers. I hope we do. Being defensive on the road hasn’t exactly worked that well for us this season. I say throw caution to the wind and play Carroll, Best and Ranger, Jonas on the left, Routelidge on the right and Guthrie in the middle (along with whatever defence we can cobble together!). I reckong that’s got goals written all over it, but that’s probably why I’m not in football management.

  • Sav

    Mar 19, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Hughton, like most managers, has to justify his signing by playing him. Sorry for Ranger who needs games before promotion (X) when he’ll find it harder than ever to get chances.

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 19, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    It will be Best. To be fair he hasn’t been too bad, tries hard and got a great leap..he just needs a goal.

    Although i would prefer Ranger no doubt.

    If I had to choose i would go for Taylor on the right and Routledge told to go float and cause havorc.

  • OHurley

    Mar 19, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #5


    Spot on, m8. As long as @rse is off the pitch, we should win handily. I think we can all do without “The Enforcer”.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #6

    I like Ranger because he finds space on the pitch, can carry the ball, and seems to have whatever he is doing under control. Best seems more like an out of control freight train, ramming here and there, and often taken by surprise by events in the game. I expect to see Best start, hoipe he gets a goal & then pull him off and give Ranger 30 minutes.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 19, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Here is an inconsistency about CH. He is keeping his midfield and strikers off when they have a knock, but he keeps trotting Simpson out there while admitting Simpson is hurt. Is this a double standard, or is CH using Simpson as a decoy to draw attack that way?

  • lindsay

    Mar 19, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #8

    I can’t understand all the negative comments about Best he has not had enough minutes on the pitch to prove anything, his cross for Carroll against Swansea was a sign of what he is capable of, it is difficult for him to get in at the moment with Carroll and Lovenkrands playing so well but I think if he gets a run in the team he will be ok. Come on give the lad a chance!!

  • lindsay

    Mar 19, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #9

    I predict a goal for Best if he plays (and he should do) tomorrow


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