9 July, 2003

Shearer fit for Malaysia

Shearer is fit for the new season
Alan Shearer is set to be part of Newcastle's pre-season trip to Malaysia for the Premier League Asia Cup after recovering from a fractured ankle.
The 32-year-old striker missed the final two games of the last campaign after chipping a bone in his ankle during the 1-0 win at Sunderland on 26 April.
But a club spokesman said: "We have no injured players. Full training will start next week when the players who were on international duty during the summer return.
"Those players who were injured have been reporting for training as normal and are among the party which is going to Malaysia."
In addition to Shearer, Gary Speed, Jonathan Woodgate and Andy O'Brien are all fit and well.
Speed missed the end of last season with a troublesome groin injury which has now cleared up, while Woodgate's knee problem has benefited from rest.
O'Brien, who broke his nose at Sunderland, was booked in for an operation to repair it on the Monday after the season ended.
Shearer and his colleagues have been getting to know new signing Lee Bowyer since their return to pre-season training, with the 26-year-old starting to find his feet on Tyneside.
Bowyer, who himself ended last season with an ankle injury, could make his debut against Birmingham in Kuala Lumpur on 24 July, and has quickly adapted to his new surroundings.
"Lee has come in and he has been working hard with fitness coach Paul Winsper and physio Derek Wright," said first-team coach John Carver.
"He's a quiet lad and it hasn't taken him long to settle in.
"The manager and I haven't seen much of him as we're not taking any chances following his injury. We're taking precautions and he won't be pushed forward before he's ready, but we're looking forward to working with him."