Not many supporters’ noticed the Senegalese midfielder signal towards the bench that he wanted to be substituted before then feeling his hamstring.
About three or four minutes passed whilst Faye never left the centre circle and moved somewhat gingerly. It may have been a precaution on Faye’s behalf but nonetheless it was a worrying sight – Graeme Souness turned away in anger after Faye made his gesture towards the dugout.
Hopefully nothing will come from it and Faye will be fit to face Man.City on Wednesday evening. It would not come as a surprise however if Faye did miss out – it is almost part of the contractual agreement at Newcastle United these days that within two weeks of signing you will be rewarded with a pull or strain.
The apparent injury only slightly marred what was an impressive debut. The ex-Portsmouth man was very assured in front of our back four and rarely wasted a pass all afternoon. He looks more mobile than Nicky Butt and was equally committed in a number of challenges.
Faye could well prove to be an astute acquisition if Butt’s injury proves to have long term repercussions. Let us hope that Faye can steer clear of injury in the short term – something that both Celestine Babayaro and Jean-Alain Boumsong failed to do within the first two weeks of their arrival.