Newcastle’s season could well depend on how well our defense performs this season, and whether we can keep our top players fit and playing in the side, and we suppose Newcastle have made a decent start on the injury front so far this season.
Steven Taylor – fit again
So on those counts some good news as two of Newcastle’s defenders – local lad Steven Taylor and French U21 International Massadio Haidara are returning from injury.
Massadio hasn’t played at all in pre-season due to a knee injury, and Steven Taylor has played only 45 minutes, and that was the disaster at Manchester City on the first day of our season, when he was sent off for a stupid foul on Argentine striker Sergio Aguero just before half time, and that reduced Newcastle to just 10 men in the second half.
And as so often happened over the last three years, Steven was then injured with a hamstring strain, but he is now fit enough to start training again.
Alan Pardew is quite pleased with the low-level of injuries so far this season:
“So far, fingers crossed, we’ve come through relatively unscathed.”
20 year-old left-back Haidara will have his first game of the season tonight in cricketer Steve Harmison’s testimonial game at Ashington’s Woodhorn Lane – the game has a 7:00 pm kick-off.
So Newcastle may now almost be injury free since Shola Ameobi, who was injured shortly after the last International break, is fit again and in Nigeria’s World Cup squad for the play-off game against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Sunday.
Let’s hope he doesn’t come back injured next week.
But at least on the injury front, things are certainly looking up at Newcastle.
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