Hughton staying hopeful
Chris Hughton remains optimistic there will be more new arrivals before the transfer deadline.
Last Updated: 19/08/10 11:26am
Chris Hughton has voiced his frustration at not being able to strengthen his squad in the way that he would like this summer but remains optimistic there will be more new arrivals before the transfer deadline.
The Newcastle manager has signed the likes of Sol Campbell, Dan Gosling and James Perch since promotion to the Premier League was secured last season.
But the new campaign is now under way and Hughton has so far been unsuccessful in his pursuit of other targets such as Hatem Ben Arfa, who could now join Werder Bremen.
Hughton admits it has been a tricky period but he is still looking to bring in further reinforcements before the end of the month.
"We're still working at it," he told the Northern Echo.
"It's difficult at the moment and I must admit that it's frustrating at the moment but that is the nature of the transfer window.
"I'm still hopeful that we're going to be able to make those additions."
Campbell sat out the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United and Hughton admits he will still not be fit enough to feature in this weekend's clash against Aston Villa.
"Sunday is too early for Sol but he's getting much closer now," he stated.
"Could we put him out on Sunday? Well possibly but we'd prefer not to because we're looking at it from the long-term.
"It is not just a question of one or two games, it's about getting him back properly to play for the rest of the season.
"If we rushed him back then he is susceptible to picking up knocks and that is not what we want to happen.
"Sol knows he is physically behind the others but he is making good progress and I'm happy with him."
Guthrie and Lovenkrands
Danny Guthrie and Peter Lovenkrands are more likely to play a part at St James' Park after recovering from knee and groin injuries respectively.
"We're expecting both Danny and Peter to be available which will improve our options," said Hughton.
"The reason they travelled with us to Manchester was because the injuries were both very minor.
"I was hopeful they would be back but we kept them back so as not to risk them because we have a long season in front of us.
"They will both train on Thursday with a view to being part of the squad for the Aston Villa game."