Mike Williamson looks like he’s a great signing for the Newcastle club.
Mike Williamson – fit again
The 26-year-old broke a bone in his hand when he has some kind of accident at his before the game at Middlesbrough earlier this month.
However, as we expected, Mike can wear a protective cast during matches and we understand Mike is now in training with the cast.
And if all looks good this week in training we would half expect Mike to start the game on Monday night against Nottingham Forest.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton told the official site today:
“Mike was very close to making Tuesday’s game at Doncaster.”
“That came just too soon but I’m very confident he will be back for Monday against Forest.”
“That’s a boost, of course, because we’ve just lost Fitz Hall to injury.”
He added: “Mike had made a very good start until his injury so I’m sure that he’ll be desperate to pick up that form.”
“He’d settled straight into the side and that was very pleasing – it’s good to have him back.”
Mike seemed to be second choice for Newcastle in January after they failed to get Matthew Kilgallon from Sheffield United – and Matthew eventually ended up at Sunderland.
But Matthew cannot get his game at Sunderland, and he was on the bench again at Villa Park last night, when Sunderland got a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
So it could well be that Newcastle got the better deal when they signed the former Portsmouth player for just £1M – what a bargain.
Chris will have a decision to make as to who lines up alongside Coloccini on Monday night because 20 year-old Tamas Kadar was Man of the Match on Tuesday night and may have earned the right to start on Monday night.
Usually Chris has gone with experience when in these circumstances, and usually we would be concerned that Mike hasn’t played for a couple of weeks, but his temperament is first class, and if he starts we’re sure he’ll do just great against Nottingham Forest.
But Tamas has given Chris a selection dilemma – and that’s what he needs to do when he gets the chance – so good for him!