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Good News On Injury Front At Newcastle

Jose Enrique  has had a great season for the Magpies, before he injured his hamstring back in December.

Jose Enrique – back in full training

Jose was injured during our 2-0 win at Coventry back on 9th December, and has taken some time to return to the fold.

But Chelsea’s Patrick van Aanholt has been a great loan signing for us – and hopefully may even become a longer term target for Newcastle United, he looks that good and the lad is just 19 tears old.

But Jose is now back in full training for Newcastle and could be able to take over from Patrick, when the 19 year-old completes his final game at Watford on Saturday.

That’s really good news for Newcastle fans and of course Jose gives his all for the club, and has been outstanding at left back, and has linked up so well with our Spanish speaking left winger, Argentine Jonas Gutierrez.

And the thigh muscle injury Peter Lovenkrands suffered on Saturday has tunred out be much better than first feared, and Peter may even be able to play at Watford on Saturday.

Peter is red-hot right now, and has already scored 8 goals for us this year, and has 10 goals in total for the Magpies this season – not too bad a return at all for this classy footballer.

And Nicky Butt is also fit again and will hope to also be included in the sqaud for the game on Saturday.

We have to hope the lads will go all out for the win at Watford, but we know it will not be easy.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Newutd

    Feb 24, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Butt back… hardly good news.

    Pleease keep him out of the team Hughton.

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    True Newutd but hopefully he is only there as cover for smith and though well past it if we need a defensive midfielder away from home there are not many other options available to us on the bench.

  • tdt

    Feb 24, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    I see Best has committed more fouls than Smith this season… thats not a good stat to have! He has actually managed to score this season though so suppose that would make up for it, if the goals were for us! lol

    Williamson looks a really good player, hopefully he can shape-up to the big boys next season, presuming we get promoted.

    Wonder if we’ll sell Collo for big bucks in the summer and then have the Williamson-Taylor partnership in the centre? would be risky to sell the good, proven back-up, but if we could get decent cash for collo I suppose we could get another bassong and williamson and still have cash left over for a couple of undiscovered routledge’s and vuckic’s! I think that is the long-term game plan – find the next generation rather than buying the big-buck money-grabbers.

    And frankly, I agree with such a policy. Give CH at least a couple of seasons in the PL to grow the squad from where we are now, bringing in more and more youngsters who gradually make it into the 1st team, them reap the benefits of long-term financial stability. Arsenal are the obvious example, but the likes of Villa and Everton are also mroe in-point examples of this process in operation. No rush, give the manager a long time period to complete the job. CH is learning game by game, I think he can be a great manager in teh future, and just like Nile Ranger, if he’s given the chance to gain the necessary experience, he can be great for the toon.

  • Mags

    Feb 24, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Glass half full Newutd – Lovenkrands and Jose available. Think positive man.

  • MacToon

    Feb 24, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Barton back soon too and hopefully STaylor not far behind and ofc Shola, nearly a full squad of fit players…. that’d be a strange situation.

  • Davies

    Feb 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    I wouldn’t want to sell Colo. There’s nowt wrong with having the kind of cover we now have. I think Williamson will adapt to the premier league, but he’ll end up being cover for Colo or Taylor. Doubt we’ll be extending One Size’s loan period and Kadar still has some development.

    We have three players that are, at the very least comfortable, at right back (Simpson and the Taylors), four CBs and, if we keep Van Aanholt cover for left back and possibly left wing. Smooth.

    Does anybody else think that young Patrick could just as easily act for cover on the left wing if anything should happen to Jonas?

    Frankly, I’d be happy to see him anywhere left of the centre spot.

  • Ericles

    Feb 24, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Will Routledge be fit soon too? I like him on the right side. Also – he has a northern border reiver name. Can’t be bad!

  • Otter

    Feb 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    @Davies–Van Aanholt is going back. Chelsea are playing Juliano Belletti at left back at present due to ACole’s injury. They will be eager to have the Dutchman back for cover, and I think his work on loan may even convince Ancelotti to get him on the pitch in a Chelsea shirt toward the end of the season.


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