There are 3 pre-season games still to go before the Premier League season opens at Old Trafford on Monday, 16th August.
James Perch – training again
Tomorrow Newcastle will entertain PSV Eindhoven and then on Tuesday they will travel to play Deportivo in Spain, and then next weekend the lads are at Glasgow Rangers.
So our toughest three pre-season games are coming up.
Chris Hughton is expected to field his strongest side tomorrow, and it appears that both Steve Harper and James Perch will be involved.
Chris Hughton talked today about tomorrow’s game:
“Everybody who is fit will be involved.” “What we will do over these next two games against PSV and Deportivo on Tuesday is give players longer on the pitch.”
“In the initial two games, we gave players 45 minutes each.” “The other players outside that are Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Tamas Kadar and Sol (Campbell), as it’s too early for him.”
“I think we’re hoping Tamas will be into full-time training in a couple of weeks.” “James Perch is back training, and will be available for tomorrow.”
“Fraser Forster isn’t involved, he has a very slight injury, but Steve Harper’s fine, as is Tim Krul.”
We need to get as many players as possible fit, before the beginning of the season, although Steven Taylor, for one, is out until probably early November.
It will be interesting to see how Newcastle cope with PSV tomorrow, because pre-season is starting to take on a more serious tone, and Chris will be fielding his strongest side – at least at the start.