Newcastle Youngster Fit For Tuesday Night’s Qualifier


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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117 comments so far

  • roadfighter

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Shane is an awesome prospect, he will indeed become a good NUFC player in years to come. And will provide vital depth in our cup competitions…

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope this lad makes an impact this season. He definetly has potential and has proven that he can do a good job down the left hand side.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Good news on Shane. He’s had a number of niggly injuries which have meant he’s missed the last two pre seasons. He has got a lot to offer as we saw two years ago when he first broke through. Maybe he’s the left. full back for the Europa – Pardew’s on the record saying that’s where he sees him playing.

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  • fungus44

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Dutch No.1 Tim Krul is heading back to Newcastle after suffering an elbow injury in Holland’s training camp.It’s a big blow for the 24-year old who was given his big chance against Turkey on Friday and was hoping to continue with the impressive form against Hungary on Tuesday.

    We’re not sure how serious the injury is, but it is serious enough for Krul to leave for Tyneside instead of Budapest. RKC Waalwijk keeper Jeroen Zoet has been called up as Krul’s squad replacement.

    The former ADO Den Haag stopper recently expressed his delight at being named the Dutch No.1 by new coach Louis Van Gaal. He was in line to start against Hungary too, before this injury.

    Krul joins Toon skipper Fabricio Coloccini on the player’s injured whilst on duty during this international break.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Shane’s always played well or us,hope he gets fit as we need someone to put in decent crosses from the left and he’s quality in attack and defence.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Great news on Krul !
    This is getting ridiculous like

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    At least we have Stevie in goals if Tim doesn’t make the next game.
    It mightn’t be serious but they’d have to send him home if he won’t be able to train or compete.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Everyone slept in today?????

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  • leavemyarselona

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Nice bit of respect from belgium fans yestaday for gary speed turning 43

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  • leavemyarselona

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Gary speed would of been 43

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  • leavemyarselona

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #12
  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Nice one from their fans

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #14

    My very worst fears realised with the news about Krul. I’ve seen Elliot play a few reserve games, and the thought of him or Harper playing many league games scares me sh-tless! You cannot explain to pr-cks like Ashley and the casino man, that we were very lucky with injuries really last season, but the chances of that happening again are slim, but they don’t see it. After selling Forster, another young keeper with some experience should have been brought in, and I said that at the time. Many chickens coming home to roost, and we know where the finger has to be pointed!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #15

    @Jimmy
    I’m unsure of this, but i have noticed even Alnwick is getting preference over Elliott now.
    Elliott is not on the bench anymore, Harper is and Harper/Krul plays in Europe, without Elliott to be seen. And in one of our last pre-season games, Alnwick was on the bench.

    Anything to this?

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Danny – well, in my opinion, Elliot is a bag of sh-t, and goes down slower than an arthritic pensioner like me, and that isn’t supposed to be a comment on his or my sex life! I don’t know what he’s doing at this club, presumably on the say-so of Andy Woodman. Think about it, mid 20s, playing for a London club, and we pick him up for less than £1m?

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Dannyo- Alnwick played well at Berwick on Friday but he’s just a kid.
    Albeit a promising one. Haven’t seen enough of Elliot to form a view
    but he seems to be out of favour. We had no real choice but to sell Forster because he wanted regular first team football. What I saw of him on television highlighted a problem with his kicking.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Ian – any news on the mystery striker who was supposed to play at Berwick?

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Jimmy – An unknown kid who didn’t impress me . He missed a really good chance and was subbed half way through second half. I doubt whether we’ll be talking about him anytime soon. Unlike Campbell who has to be given at least a sub appearance in EPL He’s just bursting with energy like a caged tiger. Inman and Good looked
    the business. But it was against Berwick- we wasted a lot of good chances.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #20

    anybody know anything about Bigirimana’s international career? His wiki says He is eligible to play for Burundi, DR Congo, Uganda and England. Is he away with anybody at the moment?

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Thanks Ian!

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Jimmy- Steady on the arthritic pensioner line it’s putting unpleasant images in my brain for heavens sake. I know Pardew had a spell managing Charlton but why sign Elliot- strange move. We still have a week to get Tim fit.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #23

    i heard there’s an out of favour keeper called Jose Enrique playing for the second best team in Liverpool, if Tim is out, the loan window is still open…

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Ian – sorry for that mate. lol!

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #25

    I wouldn’t mind getting Enrique on loan in all seriousness and I bet he wouldn’t object to coming back now we’ve got real class in the team. But Rodgers has made it clear he won’t do it and i reckon he’s their best player when fit.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #26

    i wasn’t being serious like, i would rather Perch play LB than Enrique.

    Bigi song – He’s big, he’s bad, Tiote is his dad, Bigirimaaaaana!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #27

    I wouldn’t mind a cold beer right now 😉 in all seriousness!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Elliot is crap. Hope krul comes back fast. Harper is good. But elliot shouldn’t be anywhere near our goalposts. Scares me. He’s so bad I wonder why we even signed him.

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  • niafron

    Sep 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Bonjour messieurs.

    At least, no one can say Elliot was expansive.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Bonjour mon ami Niafron 🙂

    Comment ça va?

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Salut niafron

    I’m not worried about Tim, i think he’ll be just fine, but still, my hate for International football has increased…

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  • beefman13

    Sep 9, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #32

    shane ferguson, is a belter kid,just hope he can have good run of form and be injury free, got every faith in this kid my fav youngin at the toon.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #33

    I know you weren’t serious but you’d rather perch than Enrique? I like perch and fine as a stand in but better than Enrique?

    Hmm. Nope.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #34

    U’d think after a year at the club, Elliott would be better, being trained by better coaches and etc.
    But he really doesn’t look the part.
    Alnwick is closing in on 20 now isn’t he? Not much of a kid soon.
    Also played at international youth levels and touted for the first team.
    Wouldn’t be surprised to see him making the jump on Elliott in the near future.

    And on Elliott being brought in, imo it would just be as a filler tbh, maybe they gambled on him to have cheap as can be backup.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #35

    of course he’s not better than Enrique, but if you would choose Enrique over Perch after last season, you are kind of missing the pure beauty and honesty of football.

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  • MickyD

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #36

    THe best chant I have so far for Vernon Anita is
    ” Vernon Anita and he’s 5 foot 9 it’s Vernon Anita and he’s 5 foot 9 everyone needs Anita in the middle everyone need Anita ”
    Goes to the tune of brimful of asha 45

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  • MickyD

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #37

    HEARD

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  • niafron

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Pretty well must say.

    Wasn’t even aware Krull was injured. Nothing too bad i hope?

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Niafron…still working late? You are not on so much anymore!

    ce qui se passe 🙂

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  • geordie157

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #40

    If he stays clear if injuries fergs can become a regular in the first team. On one of previous articles there is more chance of xisco playing for us than ranger.

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