It was a surprise when Kevin Nolan didn’t make the squad yesterday against Chelsea, but it turns out Kevin has had his ankle play up again.
Kevin Nolan – misses West Brom game too
And it seems that the captain is already ruled out for the important game next Sunday at WBA, which has a KO time of 1:30 pm.
The goal of that game has to be to try to pick up all 3 points to get over our lull of just 2 points form the last 12 at the moment.
The good news is the in-form Joey Barton will return to the team next Sunday from his suspension, but Chris today confirmed that Kevin will not make it:
“Unfortunately for Kevin he’s been carrying this ankle problem for a while now. He’s a really tough character .”
“He’s been playing through it but he’s at a stage now where it’s come to a head,”
“He’ll have an injection in it on Monday and will miss the weekend game but hopefully he’ll be fit after that.”
It’s never a wise thing to play with an injury so we’re pleased that Kevin Nolan will get a rest, as we need Nolan for the rest of the season.
Chris Hughton will hardly make many changes for next week, and we expect Barton to come in to the side in midfield in place of Danny Guthrie, but Routledge has earned another start with his good display yesterday.