News this morning that Alan Smith will begin training again on Monday.
Alan Smith talks to manager Chris Hughton during training
And it looks like Alan will be available for the crucial game a week on Monday night with 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.
Newcastle’s next game after Saturday is Tuesday night’s trip to Doncaster Rovers, and Smith will certainly not be ready for that game.
But Smith may well be needed for the Forest game, where we may see the home crowd top even 50,000 at St. James’ Park for the first time this season.
A win in that game will almost guarantee Newcastle promotion this season, and it could be a great game be attend in person.
Alan Smith has not played since the fine 2-1 away win at Watford, and after that game he picked up his ankle knock in training.
Hughton talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Alan Smith:
“He’ll train on Monday, which probably rules him out of the next two games. “We’ll have him available for Forest.”
“I would rather have Alan available but Danny and Kevin (Nolan) are both playing very well at the moment.”
“Danny’s settled into that position and he’s enjoying his football at the moment.” “He’s having a good run, and he gives us something different.”
Kevin Nolan will again lead out Newcastle tomorrow, unless Nicky Butt is recalled to the side.
But we think it probably better if Butt is brought on as a substitute, so he at least gets a taste again of first team football, before we have to battle Nottingham Forest.
And as far as who is captain at Newcastle, Chris Hughton tells us today he is spoiled for choice:
“I think we have some very good characters, one of which would be Steve Harper.” “Kevin gets the nod because he is an outfield player.”
“There’s Coloccini, but his English isn’t as good as what it will be. He’s still a big influence on the team.” “You either govern that captaincy by how vocal you are, or by the example that you set.”
“Kevin does it all, but around him are some very good characters.” “Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Alan Smith, and Butty.”
“We’ve been very fortunate that way.”
The players Chris mentions above have been just great for Newcastle this season, and they have led the club forward from the big hole we were in last summer.
And the dream could soon come true, and Newcastle win promotion.
Howay The Lads!!