There are doubts on several players for the important game against WBA tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.
Haris Vuckic – could start tomorrow night
Yohan Cabaye picked up his fifth yellow card of the season on Saturday and will miss his first league game of the season, and we expect one of the two 19 year-old youngsters – Haris Vuckic or Mehdi Abeid – to come in .
Both players are outstanding talents, and it’s good that one of them will get a chance, and they may both feature in the game tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.
Former Everton midfielder Dan Gosling is also out tomorrow night, and he will serve the second game of his three match suspension, after being sent off at Norwich for a rather stupid two footed tackle, after 65 minutes of that game.
And full-back Ryan Taylor still has an ankle injury, which is what kept him out of the squad for Saturday’s home game against Swansea.
But Davide Santon had a very good game against the newly promoted Welsh side, and will continue at left-back tomorrow night, and if Ryan is fit he’ll probably be on the bench, and of course he can play in many different positions.
Danny Guthrie is out with a groin strain, and not due back for at least a couple of weeks, and news that striker Peter Lovenkrands could be out for up to three weeks with a calf injury.
Peter picked that up in training, and also long term injury casualty, Steven Taylor, is not available while he recovers from an operation on his Achilles.
We think Ben Arfa could be brought in as a second striker, so this is the team that could be starting tomorrow night in a 4-4-1-1 formation:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Perch Santon
Obertan Tiote Vuckic Gutierrez
There’s a possibility that Sammy Ameobi could start on the right wing in place of Gabriel Obertan, and of course Abeid could be preferred to Vuckic in central midfield.
Shola Ameobi could also get the start with Demba Ba up front in a 4-4-2 formation and Mike Williamson could be brought in for James Perch, but we think it’s too early for that.
What’s your team for tomorrow night?