Kevin Nolan Due To Return For Liverpool Game

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.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • USGeordie

    Nov 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1

    I wasn’t too impressed with Guthrie against Chelsea. He seemed to be a little lost in the midfield. I agree it’s his stronger position and he’s a natural cm but I think Tiote was so hungry for the ball that Guthrie kind of went to the side. There were plenty of runs and things I saw that he should have made to help the play but he just didn’t make them. I’m disappointed because I think very highly of Guthrie and want him to have his chances.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 29, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Totally off subject. But anyone made their Christmas wishes yet? Here’s mine. Boxing day, Man. Citeh at home. De Jong makes a sliding tackle and hits the Ref, Atkinson and breaks both his legs.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Nov 29, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #3

    HAHAHAHA @ GG @2.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Too much side to side and retreating ball play by Danny G. I’d like the guy to be a big asset, but I’m concerned that neither his speed nor confidence is where it needs to be to succeed.

  • tjshawsey

    Nov 29, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #5

    I would like to see Ranger, Barton and Routledge in the side for WBA, with the first two taking Ameobi and Guthrie’s places. Something like this would be nice:
    I feel after Ameobi’s poor performances of late Ranger deserves a look in. More than anything I hope it will inspire Ameobi to get back in the side, but also to give Ranger a chance to show what he can do.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s hard to know where to play Nolan.

    He has no speed or fitness to be a box to box CM , no creative passing ability to play any through balls, but he does know where the net is.

    Not really quick enough to be one of 2 strikers up top, playing off carroll, but when we have 2 strikers he is very jeckyll and hyde, either scoring a hat trick or totally anonymous.


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