Shay Given might be seen discharging the goalkeeping duties for his former club Newcastle United this weekend.
The Magpies are finding themselves in a lot of trouble at the moment. All the three goalkeepers that they had in the senior squad are injured and the only option that they are left with now is to go with the teenaged Freddie Woodman in the upcoming game against Sunderland.
Woodman is only 17 and it’s very difficult for him to soak in the intensity and pressure of the first division.
And, there will be that added pressure in that game against Sunderland.
The Black Cats are the arch rivals of Newcastle and even the experienced players feel the nerves in that derby encounter.
So, to ask somebody, who is this young, to take position between the sticks in such a high profile fixture, it would be a fraction unfair.
It is understood that Newcastle seeks permission from the governing committee of the Premier League to bring in somebody on loan quickly for a short period of time.
If they are granted that permission, the first man that they would think about is Shay Given.
Firstly because the veteran Irishman is not playing at Villa and is not supposed to be going to play in the near future either and secondly, because he has been there in the Tyne-Wear derbies.
The supporters of Newcastle desperately want the club to try and make that loan move.
Some of the supporters even tweeted directly to Shay Given on his Twitter account, urging him to accept the offer of Alan Pardew if he comes with it.
However, the most important question is whether the governing committee would allow Newcastle to loan in a goalie at this point of time or not.