If everything goes according to plan it could be that come Saturday we have only two injured players in the squad and that would be Vurnon Anita and Rolando Aarons, who is probably out with his ACL injury until the summer.
Vurnon has an ankle injury but it doesn’t seem the ligaments are damaged and he will be out maybe another three weeks at least.
Jack Colback was out initially because of the bad gash on his eye and then he took sick, but hopefully Jack will be fit for the game at Wolves on Saturday.
With Isaac Hayden’s groin playing up again, it could be he’s playing too many games and would need to rest and maybe Jack could come straight into the side to partner Jonjo Shelvey.
Dwight Gayle – could be back shortly
Isaac has played 31 times with one goal for Newcastle already this season – the most games he has ever played in one season.
Hopefully, top scorer Dwight Gayle will have recovered from his hamstring problems to at least be in the squad for Saturday’s game at Molineux, but we’re sure Rafa will take no chances with Dwight.
The manager has to be 100% certain everything has healed because the hamstring is a chronic injury and he missed games last season because of the same problem.
We also don’t want such an important player injured again this season.
Newcastle also have Mo Diame, Christian Atsu and Chancel Mbemba back from the African Cup of Nations and Rafa has also fortified the squad with Sammy Ameobi and Jamie Sterry, two local lads who have both returned from their half-season loan spells at Bolton and Coventry respectively.
So Rafa should have nearly a full squad to choose from quite soon.
That’s very good timing, as we push on for promotion back to the Premier League this season.
Howay The Lads!!