Shola Ameobi will return to training next week, after getting a face mask fitted in Detroit later this week, and there was some more good news last night, that 19 year-old striker Phil Airey is fit again to train.
Phil Airey – returns to training
Phil was a standout last season when the U18 side reached the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup, before going out to Aston Villa, and he looks a very good striker in the making, and of course was born north of Newcastle at Amble.
Phil made his Newcastle debut in that unfortunate game at Stevenage in the FA Cup last month, but would you believe it, he was then injured in training a few days later with a hamstring problem, otherwise Alan Pardew may have given him some additional first team action.
We notice the club still seems to have a lot more hamstring injuries than any other injuries, and we wonder if Graeme Souness was onto something when he said back in 2005, it was the training pitches at Benton?
Along with the exciting Nile Ranger, Phil is another youngster to look out for, and may be able to do some kind of job for the Newcastle first team this season, although of course the lad still lacks experience.
Phil has looked good in the Reserves this season, and is certainly one to watch for the future, as he talked the the Newcastle official site yesterday:.
“It was very frustrating to get injured so soon after making my debut,” “I found it hard but I’ve dealt with it well and hopefully I’ll get my chance again.”
“The hamstring is okay now and I feel much better, so I’ll put a week’s training in and then see what happens. Hopefully I’ll get back to where I was straight away – scoring goals, doing what I do best.”
“I want to get back to playing again, scoring goals again, and then hopefully I’ll get my chance.” “I was happy with what I did in my short time on the pitch at Stevenage.”
“The game was over and done with by the time I got on so I couldn’t really do anything to change that, but what I could do was try my best and work hard, which I did, so we’ll see what happens once I’ve trained for a week or two.”
Good words from Phil, who is not a top player, not yet anyway, but it’s also good to see some top senior players returning to the fray for Newcastle, and Ryan Taylor is now in full training and will be joined today by Steven Taylor and Stephen Ireland.
Indeed Ryan Taylor will have a run-out for the Reserves side today, against Bedlington Terriers in the Northumberland Senior Cup,
So a week on Saturday against Bolton at home, which is our next game after tonight’s rather tough one at Birmingham, we should see the two Taylors, Stephen Ireland, Shola Ameobi and young Phil Airey, all up for selection, which has to be good news.
Then we expect Hatem Ben Arfa to come back to Newcastle in around two weeks time, to start his training with Newcastle, and hopefully it will not be too long after that, when he will be available to play for the first team.
Ben Arfa was due on Tyneside for the Arsenal game, but with what happened in that second half, there was certainly no news about the great French forward, but he has to now be close to coming back to train again at Newcastle, and of course he’ll get a great reception from the fans.
Dan Gosling is about three to four weeks away, but we want Dan to take it easy, and make absolutely sure that knee of his is OK, because of course there’s no particular rush for Dan this season.
So things are certainly looking up, with a lot of our better players coming back, and will soon be ready to play for the first team.
That’s just one reason why a win would be great tonight, because we then have 11 days until our next game, and we’ll be quite well positioned in the league with 35 points, if we can capture all 3 points at St. Andrews.
Things may just be looking up for Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!
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