Some surprise good news today that Mike Williamson has been back in training with a splint on his injured hand, and is even likely to be included in the squad for tonight’s game against Doncaster Rovers.
Mike Williamson – in tonight’s squad
So that means both Joey Barton and Mike Williamson appear to be in the squad for tonight’s game, and we expect Joey to be a substitute, but would be a little surprised if Mike makes the subs bench.
But Newcastle will need somebody on the bench, like Ben Tozer, in case one of our defenders is injured tonight.
Mike Williamson has been a success on Tyneside, since he was signed from Portsmouth for about £1M in January, and has already put in some excellent performances in the black and white shirt.
The time for Football League clubs to bring in new loan signings expires this Thursday, so Chris Hughton will be reviewing just who is available in central defense.
It looks now like Steven Taylor is out for the season, and there has been no word yet on how long Fitz Hall will be out with the hamstring injury he picked up on Saturday afternoon.
This is what Chris Hughton said last night:
“It is a real bonus to get Mike back, although we will not know until the morning if he is okay to play.”
“We are still assessing and I know we only have until Thursday to make judgements on whether we need more cover.”
“At this moment that would seem unlikely but we need to make sure we cover all bases.”
The real surprise would be if Mike starts ahead of young Tamas Kadar in tonight’s game, although we thought Chris had already said Tamas would play tonight.
However, Chris has always gone for experience, as youngsters however good they are, will tend to make the odd mistake, as they continue to learn their trade.
The team announcement about 45 minutes before tonight’s game, now promises to be very interesting.