The good news yesterday was that Mike Williamson played 45 minutes yesterday for Newcastle Reserves.
Mike Williamson – number 6 at Newcastle
And Mike Williamson was interviewed after his first game back yesterday afternoon by the Evening Chronicle:
“From my point of view, I’m fit for selection.” “I feel like my ankle and knee are OK.”
“I’ve had a couple of training sessions and that 45 minutes under my belt.” “It’s down to the manager – I’m just happy to be back.”
“The opportunity’s there and I’ll do my best when I get a chance.” “It reminded me of my school days – it was windy and rainy conditions – but it was good to get outside.”
“You have ups and downs in any career, and injuries are part and parcel of this profession.”
When Williamson got injured last August at Scunthorpe, and it essentially meant that Newcastle had no cover at all at center-back.
So although it was hard to lose Steven Taylor for the season after the Chelsea game, it could have been much worse if Steven had been injured in early September.
And Newcastle did themselves no favors when they failed to bring in any center-backs in the summer transfer window as cover, although they did make a late bid for Birmingham’s Liam Ridgewell.
And Mike has also been out much longer than first thought, when he picked up the injury in the first half of that Carling Cup tie.
“At the time it was quite painful – it was my ankle and knee.” “I didn’t realise the length of time I would be out, but I had the scan and I was in a boot for eight weeks in the end.”
“I got 45 minutes under the my belt yesterday, and that was always going to be the exercise. I came off at half-time, and it was nice to be back and have the boots back on.”
“It has been frustrating, but I’m just glad to have that behind me, and I want to get as fit as I can.”
We don’t expect Mike to start the game on Saturday, but maybe if the game is safe he could come on for the last 15 minutes or so, to get a feel for things again, because we expect him to be on the bench.
It’s interesting that when he played at Scunthorpe United in August, he hadn’t played all season, and looked a little rusty, before he left the field in the first half with his ankle injury.
But once Mike gets back we have to look forward to him forming a good partnership with Coloccini at the back for Newcastle, as he had last season.
On Saturday somebody will have to partner Coloccini at the back, but it will be a lot easier than at Norwich City, because they will have the excellent Coloccini alongside them, with all his vast experience.
And we’ve heard Mike Williamson say many times how he has learned such a lot from the Argentine International and Newcastle’s captain.
We think it will be 26 year-old James Perch who will get his second start in a row and his 23 rd appearance for Newcastle against Swansea City on Saturday.
We need all 3 points on Saturday and things will be looking up again on Tyneside.
Howay The Lads!!