DARYL Janmaat is set to give beleaguered Newcastle United a lift ahead of the club’s visit to Anfield – by declaring himself fit to face Liverpool.
Janmaat played through the pain barrier against Sunderland on Easter Sunday.
The defender suffered a calf injury in the warm-up.
And Janmaat was quickly patched up to play in the 152nd derby at the Stadium of Light.
United head coach John Carver said after his team’s 1-0 defeat that Janmaat had suffered a suspected calf tear.
Carver told of his relief after the right-back, playing at centre-half in the absence of suspended captain Fabricio Coloccini, got through the 90 minutes.
It is 21 years since Newcastle last won a league match at Anfield.
The 25-year-old, one of the few Newcastle players to emerge from the fixture with any credit, is expected to be fit to face Liverpool on April 13 after treatment this week.
With Janmaat’s problem not thought to be serious, back-up Lubomir Satka – who has made one substitute appearance for the club – was allowed to play in last night’s Under-21 Premier League game against Middlesbrough at St James’s Park.
Coloccini still has to serve the final match of his three-game ban for his dismissal on the club’s last visit to Merseyside.
The club’s captain was shown a red card for a reckless challenge on Aaron Lennon during Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat to Everton.
Liverpool are odds-on to inflict more Mersey misery on on United, who are bottom of the league’s six-game form table after a dismal run of results.
And it is 21 years since Newcastle last won a league match at Anfield.
Strikes from Rob Lee and Andy Cole gave United, then managed by Kevin Keegan, a 2-0 win over Liverpool in April 1994.
Carver and his players – and the club’s disillusioned fans – are still coming to terms with a record fifth sucessive loss to Sunderland, who won thanks to a stunning volley from Jermain Defoe.
The result left Newcastle 13th in the league with seven games left to play.
United – whose target this season was again a top-10 finish – are now seven points adrift of 10th-placed Stoke City.