Both Lovenkrands And Guthrie Fit – Campbell Very Close


Good news today in that Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie are almost certain to be ready to play on Sunday afternoon against Aston Villa, after picking up slight injuries and having to sit out the 3-0 mauling at Manchester United.

Peter Lovenkrands – back on Sunday

And it will be interesting to see what team Chris Hughton puts out against the Villa, who looked very impressive in walloping West Ham 3-0 at home last Saturday.

Kevin McDonald is acting as the caretaker manager after the too egotistical Martin O’Neill put in his shock resignation at the very worst time for the Villa club last week.

Chris talked about Newcastle’s  two fit players:

“We’re expecting both Danny and Peter to be available which will improve our options,” . “The reason they travelled with us to Manchester was because the injuries were both very minor.”

“I was hopeful they would be back but we kept them back so as not to risk them because we have a long season in front of us.”  “They will both train today, Thursday, with a view to being part of the squad for the Aston Villa game.”

And Sol Campbell, who turns 36 early next month,  (he’s not 37 as the Journal says today), is getting close to full fitness and his Newcastle debut, and he may be in contention for the trip to Wolves the following weekend.

Sol has been doing some intensive work with the club’s fitness coaches, which seems to be paying off.

The 35-year-old missed most of pre-season, but he is now a lot closer to being full fit, as Chris said today:

“Sunday is too early for Sol but he’s getting much closer now,” . “Could we put him out on Sunday? Well possibly but we’d prefer not to because we’re looking at it from the long-term.”

“It is not just a question of one or two games, it’s about getting him back properly to play for the rest of the season. If we rushed him back then he is susceptible to picking up knocks and that is not what we want to happen.”

“Sol knows he is physically behind the others but he is making good progress and I’m happy with him.”

It will be good when Sol is available but with Williamson and Coloccini looking good as a central defense partnership at Manchester  United, under trying conditions to say the least, Sol will not just walk into the side.

But Sol has that tremendous experience, which counts for an awful lot at the highest levels of English football.

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67 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    This means Sol’s just got another 5 pounds to lose.

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  • Bucks mag

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone else noticed that CH always answers a question with a question at the start of his sentences?

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Hope Sol will be the stabillity that we need in the back four.

    Why does this happend every transfer window, people promise new arrivals and when the window is closed we nearly managed to buy 1 player that are in our first eleven. and 3-4 that will be backups… same story every time the last couple of years

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    the papers in france seems to think the ben arfa deal will be sorted today,hope they are right

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    And geordie lad, did you see lequip? (however its spelt) today had a piece saying werder sporting director has denied putting in a bid or wanting to?

    Sounds good to me!

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  • scoundreldays

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    It better be boys and gals! I swear this is some form of torture for us Geordie fans.

    Ploppity plop!

    Come on Benny boy fly on over and sign on the dotted line 😉

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Spoke Wednesday in L’Equipe, the interest of Werder Bremen for Hatem Ben Arfa was quickly qualified in the evening, the German club’s sporting director Klaus Allofs. “The trail to Ben Arfa is not hot” , he said the pay-TV channel Sky Germany. What about the supply of 8 million euros that would have been made to MO? “We’re not looking for a replacement for Mesut Özil, Allofs continued, referring to the departure of playmaker for Real Madrid. Whether Marko Marin or Aaron Hunt or someone else, you will find an internal solution. Unless the leaders Werder would rather turn to Brazil, where Wesley, under contract with Santos, this time much interested.

    ^lequipe article translated into almost english

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz HBA
    first rule of frech player, we do no talk about them

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    ————————-harper

    r.taylor—–campbell——williamson—-enrique

    ———————–collocini

    ————-barton—————guthrie
    routledge————————————–jonas

    ———————–carroll

    decent side for games against the top sides, and away from home in some games

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    *french

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  • Marzy

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    I would personally play Big FAT but experienced Sol with Williamson at the back, with Colo on the right & Enrique on the left, thought Perch was out of his depth against Man Utd.
    Guthrie with Nolan with Routlage & Jonas on both flanks with are number 9 being supported by Mr Loverman, I would think we would give Villa a game that way!!Howay

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    magpietillidie22 yeah i did, i said from the start, they were just drumming up interest in the player, it was so vague, and there was no quotes, and nothing from the player or his reps, when we were after him, there was alot coming out of the ben arfa camp, hes toon bound, if we come up with the cash, FACT!

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #13

    marzy i said the other day i wonder if collocini can play right back, dont think he would have the pace really, i agree about the villa game, 4-4-2, that was a line up for when we have to go to chelsea etc, plus i would like a decent right back still, we aint got one

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  • Marzy

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Obviously if Campbell isnt fit you would put R Taylor there!!.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    AAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH…. !

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Hopefully, the one who we do not mention, is on the 10:55 from Paris this morning

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  • henok ethiopian toon

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    and yea i told u this day will come last season the day we will say pls Ashley sack Chris and believe me it will happen and yea for thos of u who think we have a decent squad ur on some type special cocaine

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #18

    I would like to see McLoven unleashed on Villa

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  • Marzy

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #19

    He’s “Colo” played for the ArgieBargie at right back & played well, I know not much pace but he’s got a footballing brain, which is more you can say about J Perch!!!.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #20

    I see newcastle are been linked with mark reynolds, i have wanted newcastle to sign him for about the last 18 months, looked good everytime i have seen him, i know its scotland, but he is a good player, cost around 1.5m

    http://www.teamtalk.com/newcastle-united/6322743/Reynolds-eyes-Motherwell-exit

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #21

    I see Citeh have told Give, Robinho and Santa Cruz that they can leave.

    Who mentioned Santa Cruz yesterday!?

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #22

    marzy i have never seen him play there for argentina like, always plays centre back or def midfield, i agree he had a good football brain,

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 19, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Henri Lansbury is set to Join Leeds on Loan!

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #24

    nufc_richyg01 someone said RSC was booked into a hotel in newcastle, its rubbish, well i hope so, hes not the player we need, we need a keane type player, someone with pace and movement

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Yeah reynolds rumour been going a while, would be good addition.

    I think at home we have to play loven up aloongside carroll, hes our best striker imo

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  • Marzy

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #26

    I would prefer HBA, but it is looking increasingly unlikely but i can only wish!!.
    Yeah good player is Reynolds, I have seen him a few times & looks a good Prospect!. Good Shout!!

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #27

    henri lansbury is a very good prospect, but we dont need him, he had a good season at watford last year, and is only 19

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #28

    agreed magpietillidie22, but if we play chelsea and we are at home, what then? i still say 4-4-2. but only play 1 winger, and play r.taylor on the right midfield

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  • TheMags

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Does anyone know whats happening with Ben Arfa it’s starting to anoy me all the mackems are begining to laugh aboutt this one come on end this get him or move on plzzz

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  • Marzy

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #30

    Colo started as a RB, Moved to central poss a few years ago, he has played but not in comps for Argentina, I still think he is better there then Perch!. I disagree with RSC, to injury prone & would only tie up are wage bill!!.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Right the team that should play villa should be, realistically….

    …………………….Harper……………………..

    R Tayls… Williamson…Colo…..Enrique

    Routledge……Nolan….Barton…….Jonas

    ………..Lovenkrands…Carroll……………..

    With guthrie coming on late on when we are winning for lenkrands to sure up the middle i expect

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #32

    Yes I agreed with the RSCruz about us not needing him etc, but to be honest, we just need numbers. Can we even fill the PL’s 25 man squad list at the minute?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #33

    I agree with that team Magpietillidie

    Maybe Guthrie for Barton?

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #34

    Geordielad –

    Yeah when big teams come to SJP or on away days my team would be….

    ……………………..Harper……………………….

    R Tayls… Williamson….Big Sol….Enrique

    ……………….Nolan……Barton………………..

    Routledge………….Guthrie…………..Jonas

    …………………….Carroll………………………..

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #35

    magpietillidie22, nolan instead of guthrie? im not sure we can play 2 wingers against villa either

    ————————-harper

    r.taylor——–williamson——collocini—enrique

    barton———-guthrie———–nolan——-jonas

    ——————–lovo————carroll

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #36

    Richiego1 –

    I would play guthrie for barton but, realistically, is CH likely to do it? Nah

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #37

    The mags, i dont know what the mackems are laughing about the n’zogbia saga has been going on just aslong.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #38

    Geordielad –

    I could put my team up lol but CH is never gonna pick it, and we need to face facts nolan is El Capiton so he is a permanent fixture in the first 11

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  • Marzy

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #39

    magpietillidie22 “Disagree”
    ……………………………..Harper………………………..R. Taylor……..Williamson…..Colo……….Enrique
    Routledge………Nolan………..Guthrie………Jonas
    ……………..Loverman & Carroll……………………….
    Guthrie is far more creative & hard working than Barton!!!!.

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #40

    I saw the match between FC Copenhagen and Rosenborg the other day, PC Skjelbred told the commentary that he wolud llove to play in the PL, Why arent we after him any more?

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