It’s still possible that Alan Smith could play some part in next Monday night’s first PL game at Old Trafford.
Alan Smith – back playing again today
The mystery of Alan missing out on the last couple of games was explained today by manager Chris Hughton.
Indeed the midfielder played in a behind- closed-doors friendly earlier today against St Mirren, so that he could both ensure some match practice and at the same time prove his fitness for next Monday night’s game against his former club.
Smith had previously missed the games at Deportivo La Coruna and on Saturday at Ibrox, and that was tough on a self-confessed Rangers’ fan.
Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Injury-wise, Alan is fine and he was only left out of the Rangers game as a precaution.” “He missed two days of training last week because of a very minor ankle knock.”
“And we didn’t see any point in putting him at risk.” “He played earlier this morning in a behind-closed-doors friendly for the reserves.” “Alan’s fine and he’s in good spirits.”
So it looks like Alan will be in contention for a starting place on Monday night, and who knows he could be the Newcastle captain, with Chris Hughton still not yet deciding who will be the Newcastle United captain for this season.