Some good news today from Chris Hughton, since it seems that Kevin Nolan has been playing with an ankle injury, and Chris called time on that yesterday.
Kevin Nolan – two week rest to let ankle problem clear up
Of course Kevin wants to play every single game, and that’s not particularly wise if you are carrying an injury, however slight, because the thing only gets worse, and then becomes a big problem, as we know happened with Danny Simpson’s ankle injury at the end of last season, and he was out for a full 5 months.
So it seems that Chris has done the wise thing, and will rest Kevin for a couple of weeks, but of course the Liverpudlian will be back for the next home game against his boyhood idols, Liverpool, on Saturday, December 11th.
And that’s a game we can win.
This is what Chris said today about Kevin and his ankle injury:
“It’s a big blow,” “The decision I had to make was that he’s been carrying this ankle problem for a little while now.”
“Kevin’s a whole-hearted player, and he’s played through with this, but that’s the type of character he is.”
“It’s just got to the stage now where something had to be done.” “He’ll have an injection today, miss the game at West Brom, and back fighting to be involved in the next game.”
Danny Guthrie had a tough task in the middle of the park yesterday against Chelsea’s top players, and he did OK we thought, and worked hard to try to contain the Blues, but he didn’t really take his chance, in his favored central position.
Hughton talked about Danny today:
“Danny’s figured more on that right- hand side, and he had an opportunity, and I thought he did very well.” “He’s got to keep pushing, and it’s a long season.”
So Chris thinks Guthrie did well, and he certainly put in a lot of effort to keep Newcastle in the game, but we have a feeling that Danny may well miss out on a start at West Brom next Sunday.
With Joey Barton coming back from his three game suspension, he could slip right into central midfield, with Wayne Routledge perhaps preferred on the right wing to Danny boy.