Date: 1st January 2006 at 1:21pm
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Souness: ‘Shay Given may have broken a bone in his thumb as well, so it’s not been a good afternoon for us. It looks like it will keep him out of the Middlesbrough game.

‘He’s had it X-rayed but we’ve not had the results back yet. There’s a great deal of swelling and that can sometimes hide any damage. We can’t be too precise just yet.’

Newcastle full-back Peter Ramage could also be doubtful for the Boro game, having been replaced by Celestine Babayaro at half-time, shortly after being caught out as Teemu Tainio put Spurs ahead.

Souness: ‘Ramage was feeling his calf on one leg and his Achilles on the other leg. He had a difficult 45 minutes and that’s unfortunately where they got their breakthrough from.’