Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said today that center-back Sol Campbell is almost fully fit, , and will be included in the first team squad for Blackpool on Saturday.
Sol Campbell – nearly fit again
Chris Hughton said today:
“Sol has had two reserve-team games and he has another two weeks of hard training so I would expect him to be involved against Blackpool at the weekend.”
“When you have a player who is as experienced as Sol, they know their bodies and they know when they are fit. Sol has worked extremely hard since he signed for Newcastle and he is almost ready.”
“I’ve been very pleased with the way he has trained and the work he has done to get fit as quickly as possible. He was a little behind everyone else because he got married in the summer and missed the start of pre-season, but he is in good shape now.”
“I don’t think it is a risk to include him in the squad for the Blackpool game because he knows how he is feeling. He is a big signing for us – and I know he can’t wait to play.”
The pending fitness of Campbell may have been an incentive to both Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson, because both have performed admirably this season, and it is debatable when Sol will make his debut for Newcastle.
He is almost certainly to be included in the starting side that plays at Chelsea in a couple of weeks time, in the 3rd round of the Carling Cup, where his experience will be a big plus for Newcastle.
Steven Taylor is still about 4 weeks away from returning from his shoulder injury and there promises to be tremendous competition for place sin defense in general since Danny Simpson is also due back in a few weeks from his ankle injury.
“We have signed Sol because he is an excellent defender with a vast amount of Premier League experience.” “He has been a positive influence already in training and he will add a huge amount to the squad.”
“But Mike and Fabricio have begun the season very well so we don’t need to rush Sol back. It is always better when you don’t have to rush someone into the team – and we don’t have to do that with Sol.”
Chris will certainly have selection headaches this season, but that’s a good problem to have as a manager, and we just have to hope he can keep all his players happy at the club.
Success on the pitch will help ensure that, and the lads have already made a very good start to the campaign.