Chris Hughotn has today said he has to be totally convinced that right back Danny Simpson is 100% fit, or else he will not play him tomnorrow at West Ham.
Danny Simpson – first start tomorrow in London?
After James Perch had just an awful game last week against Wigan and Charles N’Zogbia, it had been widely expected that Danny would be brought into the starting eleven, after recovering from his long term ankle injury.
That was especially true after Danny had another 70 minutes of impressive play for the Reserves last Tuesday afternoon, when they easily beat Bolton 4-1 at Benton.
The last time Simpson played for the first team was the last game of last season in the 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers, but he played then on a “slightly” injured ankle.
Danny has now paid the full price of doing that, with five months out on the sidelines, when the injury turned out to be a lot worse than the Newcastle medics had first thought – but he seems fit to go now.
Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“That’s a decision I have to make.” “He’s come through almost three reserve games, but what I’m also conscious of is that he’s missed a lot of football.”“This is somebody who, in effect, has had to do a pre-season later – that I’m conscious of.”
“There’s nobody that will have worked harder than Danny to get to a level of fitness, but there’s a difference between a level of fitness, and actual match play.” “It’s a decision for me to make, but the most important thing is that he has put himself in contention.”
We still think that Danny will be preferred to James Perch at right back, and he’ll be in our side, when we come out with our match preview later today.
We also expect Chris to play his usual 4-5-1 formation away from home, so a place for either Ameobi or Carroll up front tomorrow – and wer’re going for Shola to start the game.