Newcastle’s Williamson fit to face Swansea City

Mike Williamson
Mike Williamson

MIKE Williamson’s declared himself fit for Saturday’s home game against Swansea City.

The defender made his comeback for Newcastle United’s reserves yesterday.

And Williamson – who played 45 minutes in yesterday afternoon’s 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers – feels he’s ready to return to Premier League action after a long absence through injury.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is without Steven Taylor for the rest of the season, and Fabricio Coloccini is battling to be fit to face Swansea.

In their absence at Carrow Road last weekend, Pardew partnered James Perch with right-back Danny Simpson in central defence.

Pardew will now have to decide whether Williamson is ready for a first-team return.

For his part, Williamson is ready and willing to play.

“From my point of view, I’m fit for selection,” Williamson said.

“I feel like my ankle and knee are OK. I’ve had a couple of training sessions and that 45 minutes under my belt.

“It’s down to the manager – I’m just happy to be back. The opportunity’s there – I’ll do my best when I get a chance.”

Full story in Wednesday’s Mail