Mike Williamson Back For Nottingham Forest Game

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!

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Big fan of Mike. Tidy, no nonsense defender.
    Quality acquisition.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 25, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d start him on the bench. We’ve not lost when Kadar has played and we should try and keep that run going. I think a man of the match performance should get him another start.

  • boater

    Mar 25, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    So portsmouth have announced a firesale- with special dispensation to sell to clubs outside the premiership immediately?? Their squad is too old unfortunately, Belhadj worth a punt though.

  • cgrizzly87

    Mar 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4

    We lost at WBA in the FA cup with Kadar at the back. He gave away a penalty. Shouldn’t have been a penalty but that’s not what the history books write.

    3 points on Monday please lads to (virtually) seal promotion!

    Where did Ranger go?

  • Adssy Mccc

    Mar 25, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    I think the main thing for us defensively is that Colo will be in there alongside whoever gets the nod. He’s been class this season and deserves all the praise he gets! South American, relegated to the Championship, difficult first season in the Prem, big fee and wages to live up to, etc etc.

    Where many would have had excuses to either leave or play crap – he has not done either! Just got on with things and put the performances in… Same could be said for Jonas as well actually!

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #6

    cgrizzly87 – dont mention that game. It gets me angry….most biased ref i have ever seen ever! Was so close to runnin of the pitch and nuttin him tbh.

    Anyway Mike is a good solid defender…which is all you need to be in this division. I like Kadar playing though as he does like to play football like Colocinni…and fitz hall mind.

    Williamson reminds me of O’Brien under Robson…no nonsense!


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