Apart from yesterday’s new injury to one of our better players this season, Danny Guthrie, the rest of the injuries seem to be clearing up quite nicely.
Alan Smith – no real set back in his recovery
Good news today that Oba Martins should be back for the Sunderland game in 10 days time, and the news surrounding Alan Smith yesterday is not as bad as we had first thought.
Both Australian striker Mark Viduka and Brazilian defender Cacapa were back in light training yesterday, with the injury prone pair this time recovering from groin and knee injuries respectively. We expect both these players to leave the club in the summer, when their contracts run out.
Also back was former Manchester United star Alan Smith, who was originally scheduled to play a part in the behind-closed-doors friendly with Carlisle United, but it turns out that after taking part in the morning session, the Newcastle medical staff didn’t want to put the forward through too much, too soon.
So that’s understandable, and it’s not worth to take any chances at this stage in Alan’s recovery.
Kinnear talked today about Smith:
“Smithy trained again today and there are no problems. He is back in the first-team squad.”
“We thought about putting Alan in, but the medical staff said that might be pushing him too early.”
“He’s back training flat out, and has a chance of making the Sunderland game.”
As we said, apart from Danny’s new injury most of the other injuries, apart form the Achilles injury to Ignacio Gonzalez, are clearing up.
We assume we’ll be sending Ignacio back to Valencia, since he will not return to training from his Achilles injury until at least the middle of March, and it seems silly to pay for someone who cannot help us and has hardly played for us at all these last 5 months.
Only at Newcastle.