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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 9, 2009

Kinnear hoping for Toon return after health scare

Joe Kinnear fully intends to be back in the Newcastle United dug-out for their next game.

The 62-year-old was due to see a cardiologist today as medics continued to try to get to the bottom of the health problems which saw him admitted to hospital ahead of Saturday's 3-2 Barclays Premier League win at West Bromwich Albion.

However, he is determined to return by the time Everton arrive at St James' Park on February 22.

Kinnear said: ''I woke up on Saturday at 5.30am feeling unwell, so our club doctor checked my blood pressure, and it was high.

''We left it for a while, and then decided to go up to the hospital. They decided to keep me in after speaking to a specialist.

''They have done some tests and we will get some more results [on Monday]. A cardiologist is going to have a look at me, and then I hope to be allowed to head home on [Tuesday morning].

''I feel A-OK, and hopefully I will be back at work soon. I'm fighting fit, and with a bit of a break before the next game, I hope to be back for the Everton match for normal service.''

Kinnear, who suffered a heart attack 10 years ago, will not be allowed to take any chances, although his team's result at the Hawthorns will have done him a power of good.

Goals from Damien Duff, Peter Lovenkrands and Steven Taylor secured a first league win in seven attempts and just a second on the road this season to ease them into 13th place, four points clear of the drop zone.

Kinnear said: ''The lads were terrific, and it was a great result for us.

''A lot of people say West Brom defended badly, but that's sour grapes from my point of view.

''We put in a great performance and showed we can attack teams with some of the players we have here.

''I have watched through the highlights a few times now and I'm proud of the lads.

''We scored three goals and I was pleased with Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor, not to mention Peter Lovenkrands.

''I was also delighted to see such camaraderie in the team, and pleased to see that the whole squad showed their appreciation to the fans at the end.''

The addition of Nolan, Ryan Taylor and Lovenkrands to the squad during the transfer window has increased Kinnear's options despite the departures of Shay Given and Charles N'Zogbia, and he could have several more men at his disposal for the Everton game with Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Claudio Cacapa all due to play for the reserves this evening.

Former Schalke striker Lovenkrands was handed his first start since signing a short-term deal until the end of the season, and later admitted he could not remember the last time he scored a senior goal.

The Denmark international said: ''My last goal was maybe a year ago. I had a couple of reserve team goals, but it's been a long time on the big scene. It was just great to help the team.

''I was absolutely buzzing the whole day when I found out I was starting. I was very nervous as well.

''Starting the Premier League and scoring was incredible - but the most important thing was that we got the three points.''

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