Newcastle’s Shane Ferguson, who has yet to play for Newcastle this season, and he did not play at all in pre-season, but he has just been passed fit to rejoin the Northern Ireland squad in Belfast, and Shane took part in training this morning.
Shane Ferguson – after scoring against Finland last month
Shane did play for Ireland in the friendly game in August and he scored in that game too, but the 21 year-old has been dogged with various injuries this season- the latest one being a groin strain – and it may even be to Newcastle’s advantage if he plays on Tuesday night, as it will give him some much needed match practice.
The Northern Ireland manager and former Newcastle player Michael O’Neill was speaking from the training facility at Queen’s University:
“Having Shane back is a big bonus for us. He’s not had a lot of football but he’s had a good bit of work with his club.” “We knew we couldn’t get him for two games so it was important we had him for this one.”
Northern Ireland lost their first qualifier, for the World Cup in Brazil in two years time, when they went down 2-0 to Fabio Capello’s Russia on Friday night, in what was a close game in Group F.
On Tuesday night, Northern Ireland are at home to Luxembourg, and they must have more than a decent chance to get a win in that game, and we fully expect Shane Ferguson to start the game, either at left back or on the left wing.
Then Shane has to force his way onto the bench at Newcastle, and he’s still one of Newcastle’s most promising youngsters, and the lad has always played well when given a chance in Newcastle’s first team.
Maybe he can make the biog breakthrough this season?
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