Chris Hughton will give Obafemi Martins his first taste of pre-season action against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road tomorrow.
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The Nigerian International striker returned to full training this week, and will taste action at Leyton Orient. But star defender Sebastien Bassong still remains a doubt with a muscle injury that he has sustained in training.
Chris says that Newcastle will look at the defender again this morning but it doesn’t look like any risks will be taken with the Paris-born central defender, as he remains one of the club’s key men, and one Alan Shearer would be desperate to keep, if he ever gets the Newcastle manager job.
Chris told the Newcastle Journal today:
“We will make a decision on Sebastien today but we might just save him for another game,”
“He’s had extra time off and we don’t want to rush him back and risk aggravating an old or an existing injury. There are still a couple of pre-season games, so he has time on his side.”
“I will still make quite a few substitutions because we have a big squad and I want to give minutes to most of them if I can.”
Hughton is in another difficult position at Newcastle, through none of his own making, and at some point he will be replaced by a new manager.
But a new owner will need to be found soon, and we are finding it hard to see how that will happen this summer, unfortunately.
“There is nothing to report on that at the moment. We’ll just keep plugging away,”
That’s about all anybody can do right now as the impasse at the Newcastle club approaches a staggering 9 weeks.
And we all thought we were in bad shape when we relegated almost 9 weeks ago. 🙁