Chris Hughton says that former Arsenal great, Sol Campbell, has a chance of being fit for Sunday afternoon’s game with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Sol Campbell – looks like he’ll be fit for Sunday
We all thought Sol would be playing in last week’s Carling Cup 4th round tie against his former club Arsenal, but a thigh injury kept the former England International on the sidelines.
The last time Sol played was when he came on for the injured Fabricio Coloccini at Manchester City, on 3rd October, and he played very well in that game, as well as starring in the fantastic 4-3 win at Stamford Bridge last month.
We have to think a fully fit Sol Campbell, at or near his best, would become a Newcastle starter, but a lack of fitness at the start of the season, following the return from honeymoon, coupled with a few niggling injuries have restricted his playing time at Newcastle, at least so far this season.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Sol worked hard last week, and has trained this week.” “He’ll get a week’s training under his belt, and a decision will have to be made, but I always pick the team on the merits of the game.”
And our other injured center-back, 24 year old local lad, Steven Taylor, had a good work-out for the Reserves yesterday afternoon at Wigan, when he played just over an hour in Newcastle’s 2-1 loss.
It was Steven’s first game for over three months after injuring his shoulder at Carlisle, and that was his come-back gam,e after injuring his knee last January. We hope the lad has better luck from now on this season, but Steven is raring to go, and it will be a difficult choice for Chris Hughton, as to which are the two best center-backs at the club – between Coloccini, Campbell, Williamson and Steven Taylor.
And of course we also have the up and coming Tamas Kadar, who will only get better this season, and who today was called up for the full Hungary squad, for the second time, and has so far made 18 appearances for Newcastle at both center-back and left-back.
Those are good problems for Chris to have of course, and whichever two get the start on Sunday, the other two will in all likelihood be on the bench, just ready and willing to take over. Chris will be taking a close look at all four of our center-backs (five with Tamas), and depending how they train this week and how they look, will presumably make his decision on that.
Steven Taylor could also be used at right back, where he has played before, and indeed made his starting debut for Newcastle in that position under Bobby Robson, although we have to say that Danny Simpson has looked very solid these last couple of games in that position, since he himself has returned from his ankle injury.