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Newcastle boss Kinnear wants to keep Smith

Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear has ruled out seeking a buyer for striker Alan Smith in January.

"Alan's around the place but he's on crutches at the moment. It's been in plaster and he had a surgical boot on it but he is walking on it so he's making progress," Kinnear said.

"He'd be a big one to come back but he's at least four to six weeks away from returning to training and he's under no pressure to rush back or anything.

"Having him back will be a big bonus for the squad. He's versatile and he's an experienced player who has been there, seen it and done it at the highest level. He'd be a big addition.

"When I walked in the place I said there was enough talent in the physio's room to get into the top half of the Premier League and it's been a real boost for us to get the likes of Michael (Owen) and - fingers crossed - Mark Viduka back in and around the team. I wasn't sure whether I'd be around to benefit from them but the longer I'm here the better the squad has become."

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