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Taylor, Colocinni, Harewood – injury status.

Posted on October 16th, 2009 | 11 Comments |

Kadar - on standby
Kadar - on standby
Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini face late tests to prove their fitness for Newcastle United’s game against Forest this weekend.

Both players have been hit by hamstring injuries – Colocinni’s a few weeks ago and Taylor’s just recently – and Hughton has this to say about their chances of playing on the weekend:

Steven has a hamstring problem, but we’re refusing to rule him out. We’ll see if we can get him involved with the main group first, and get him up and running before we rule him out of Saturday.

Coloccini is probably up to about 90 per cent in the work he has been doing and is another one we are not prepared to rule out. Hopefully we will get him on the training pitch on Friday.”

Tamas Kadar is on standby in case he’s needed, with Hughton commenting thusly on the lad:

Tamas has done very well for us,” Hughton told the Gazette. “He hasn’t had the opportunities he’d have liked, but he’s developing with each training session with the first team, and he’s very much part of that group now. He gives us valuable cover at centre-half and left-back.”

Marlon Harewood is looking likely to be okay after his foot problem though. Hughton said:

Marlon is looking forward to going back to Forest. He speaks very fondly about the club where he played well and scored plenty of goals. We hope it will give him a bit of extra verve to do well. It was a good period of his life there and let’s hope he enjoys his return.

We haven’t had any comfortable games so far. Every game we have had to fight and scrap but it’s very much testament to thus group of players that after the defeat at Blackpool we were able to bounce back. We are top of the table and that means there will be pressure going into every game and that is a challenge.

That is something that the players have to view as a positive thing. You would certainly prefer that pressure as opposed to the pressure that comes with being at the other end of the table. That comes with the territory and we have players that are used to playing in the big games. We are not a young team and there is a fair amount of experience and I am sure they will be able to handle that.

Forest could be genuine play-off contenders. It is a magnificent club.

We know we are up against a very good side and more importantly a side that is in very good form. For us the most important thing is to get something from the game in which ever way we can.”

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen

I’m a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called ‘scrumpy’. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he’s not worth 10).

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11 Responses

  1. This is why we need more players in. We have a 1st team that would be very difficult to beat, if they are all fit. The problem is that we never have a fully fit first team, ever.

  2. Agree BBM. At the moment Chris is enjoying a golden spell. If we start to lose and lose a few games in a row then the section of fans who think we should be walking the league will get on his back.

    If we could get in a good, experienced, manager and have Chris back him up, we could have the makings of a very good management/coaching team.

    Chris Coleman for NUFC.

  3. this could be where it starts to get tricky,two hard away games against forest and a cold night in scunny.

  4. trojan 69 – battsville has got one but you’ll have to wait until he gets back from the market – i’m sure the plonker will lend it to you for a small fee.

  5. “jeffery says:
    October 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm
    f*** u all link:www.nufcblog.com its the best nubs and who watches wwe smackdown nubs”

    Pardon?