Sol Campbell Slowly Getting Back To Full Fitness

Chris Hughton will take no chances at all with Sol Campbell’s return to fitness, and he will certainly not rush the former England International back.

Chris with Sol when the former Arsenal defender signed for the Magpies

The defender, who turns 36 next month,  is on a personalised fitness program to return him to full fitness.

But of course he will not be ready for Monday night’s game at Manchester United, and it looks like it will be at least two more weeks before the player will be ready for first team action.

With Steven Taylor and Tamas Kadar both missing for the first few weeks of the season, the task of holding the fort will be in the hands (or should that be feet?) of  Fabricio Coloccini and January signing, Mike Williamson.

Chris Hughton talked today about the fitness of Sol Campbell:

“It is a work in progress with him – he is a few weeks behind everyone else. He’s doing a specific training program.”

“He’s doing specific sessions and we just need to see how that develops.”

“The most important thing is when he is fit and available, he’s ready to keep it going through the season.”  “We don’t want to get him back and then have him break down.”

When Sol does get back to fitness and when Steven Taylor returns to full fitness in a couple of months time from his shoulder injury, there will be a monumental battle for the two central defensive positions on Tyneside – and that’s what we like to see.

Comments always welcome.

23 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    He is bound to be behind the other lads, but by the sounds of what some of the lads said that went to the open training, he is looking much better.

  • Moreno

    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    ”he is a few weeks behind everyone else”

    More like he is 6 years ahead of anyone else!

  • geordielad880

    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    he is hopefully going to be back for the cup game, or the game after that, we are so short on players, what happens if williamson or collocini get injured?? or jonas or routledge?? we are screwed

  • geordielad880

    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    like everyone says we have signed perch, who is a fizzy player, campbell-unfit, and gosling-out till next year, it isnt good at all, its almost like ashley is trying to get us relegated 🙁

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 13, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    looks like ashley has screwd us fans yet again,i can only hope he dosnt but its not looking good.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 13, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    I think the ben arfa saga was just to try and sell season tickets myself,

  • Doha Mag

    Aug 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    We need Sol match fit asap to give the defence a solid backbone. The squad is not good enough or big enough so expect the youngsters to be given a chance if we don’t start signing additional quality players……

  • noir9

    Aug 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Doha, havn’t lots of people been saying that Chris needs to play the youngsters? I wonder if they will be quite as vocal if we play them & we get regularly stuffed. Personaly think that Vukic & kadar are ready to be involved, ranger needs to play regularly so probably a loan is the best option. We certainly are desperate for 2/3 players, even if they are only on loan.

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 13, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    i think hughton will be left with no option but to bleed some of the younguns.

  • ganiyu

    Aug 13, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    madrid to newcastle 2-loan poor english

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 13, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    what 2 players from madrid

  • geordielad880

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #13

    nobody i think ganiyu is just guessing

  • MacToon

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #14

    what happens if williamson or collocini get injured?? or jonas or routledge?? we are screwed

    Even more so if we lose Barton imo.

    This whole B’Afra affair is doin my ‘ed in. We know Ashley’s a tight errr owner so no need for the OM pres. to try and embarass him or CH.

    Campbell will be ready soon, he’s a professional.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    campbell wont be ready until the match after the carling cup game, so a while yet, and totally agree, any injuries to jonas, enrique, routledge etc we are screwed, and enrique and routledge do get injured quite often, collocini and jonas have pretty good injury records, especially collo

  • geordielad880

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #16

    We just need to get 2 decent players on loan will cost £2 million in combined loan fees at the most, its not asking alot of the owner really, a winger, and a defender, we will just have to make do with the strikers we have at the club

  • geordielad880

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Ben arfa has also announced he will quit football if he isnt allowed to move to newcastle

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #18

    we have billy knott and a few others(dont know there names) on trial at the mo,is this all we can expect from ashley,i fkin hope not.

  • cynicaltoonfan

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19

    I was about to put the same link up geordielad880
    He has also skipped training again today
    in protest! thats the spirit son !

  • FalseFlag

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #20

    but have we really made an offer for him lads,were getting mixed signals.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 13, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #21

    he was supposed to have a meeting with DD this morning, with his agent also present, he didnt attend that either

  • noir9

    Aug 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Agree with you geordielad, we need a couple of players in anyway we can. Have a feeling that the ben afra saga has a long way to run yet & wouldn’t be suprised if we didn’t end up getting him. At least chris seems to be looking at the style/type of player the fans think we need, also read somewhere that cleverly might go on loan. I don’t think we’re even looking at a left back, perch is here to cover both full back positions & chris has said the trialists are not for the 1st team.

  • baro

    Aug 13, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #23


    What 2 players from Madrid?


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