Jose Enrique is fit again to take his place in the starting line-up on Monday night against Nottingham Forest, after getting a rest on Tuesday night.
Jose Enrique – fit to go on Monday
The Spaniard was given a rest on Tuesday night to ensure that he was fully recovered from his recent hamstring problems, and that was another sensible decision by manager Chris Hughton.
But Enrique and quite a few of our other injured players will be fit for the vital game against Forest on Monday night at St. James’ Park.
Chris talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I would have played Jose on Tuesday.” “He’s one who is in very good form but has had a hamstring injury.”
“He’s been experiencing a few little difficulties from that.” “We could have played him at Doncaster, but it would have been a risk.”
“I decided not to take that chance and to give him a good week of training going into Forest.”
And as we reported earlier today, Chris is also expecting Mike Williamson, Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith to be available for Monday night.
Chris, who seems to have handled the latest crisis at Newcastle on Tuesday so well, continued:
“I am hoping to have Alan Smith, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands available.” “We could have a few back – but let me enjoy the next couple of days!”
“This is the hard end of the season.” “If ever there is a time when you want players fit and available, it is now.”
“It was also good to see Joey Barton back and getting some minutes.”
It’s good to see that Shola is back again after his hamstring problems, and he’s been the forgotten man on Tyneside, and we have a feeling he may be transferred out of the club in the summer.
Of course if he comes back into the side and scored say 5 goals before the end of the season, that may change things, but Shola is injured a lot and doesn’t play more than half the games in a season. We’ll have to wait and see on that one, but the summer months should be exciting times for Newcastle fans.
The game on Monday night could be the game where Newcastle supporters could even start to celebrate – at least a little bit.
But that would only be if Newcastle can manage to get all 3 points, because a win makes it almost impossible for Newcastle not to get an automatic promotion spot.
“What we have at the moment is a team that is doing well and a group of supporters that turn up week-in, week-out.”
“It’s wonderful support and, leading into the Forest game, we could get a record crowd for this season.” “They are continually behind us.”
“It was a wonderful and hard-fought victory at Doncaster that we were glad to give them.”
Newcastle supporters have come into their own again this season, and even though the lads are in the second tier of English football it doesn’t stop Newcastle being the 4th best supported team in the land – with a home gate average of over 42,000.
At what other club would that happen at ?
Not too many.
But this is Newcastle and the plan over the next few seasons has to be to get a team that is as good as its legendary supporters.
If we can do that we’ll be Premier League Champions.