Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Green Light to Face Reds

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Green Light to Face Reds

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Byline: By Alan Oliver

Graeme Souness will welcome five players back into his Newcastle United squad for the holiday programme.

But while Steven Taylor, Emre, Celestine Babayaro, Stephen Carr and Charles N'Zobgia are back in the picture, the bad news is that Kieron Dyer will still not figure before next year.

And while Craig Moore is down to return on Boxing Day according to the website physioroom.com, based on information supplied by the clubs themselves, it will come as no surprise that the Aussie defender is not included in United's holiday plans.

But Babayaro and N'Zobgia are back after their respective groin and hand injuries and are up for selection for the Boxing Day match with Liverpool Anfield.

Monday may come too early for Carr, but the Irish defender is back on the first-team scene after his lengthy absence following a hernia operation and then groin trouble.

This leaves Emre and Taylor, both of whom will be assessed by Souness and his medical team on Saturday morning when the squad will be named to make the trip to Merseyside on Christmas Day. …

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