MIKE Williamson has declared himself fit for Saturday’s home game against Swansea City.
The defender made his comeback for Newcastle United’s reserves yesterday.
Williamson – who played 45 minutes in yesterday afternoon’s 1-1 draw against Bolton – feels he’s ready to return to Premier League action after a long absence through injury.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is without Steven Taylor for the rest of the season, and Fabricio Coloccini is battling to be fit to face Swansea.
In their absence at Carrow Road last weekend, Pardew partnered James Perch with right-back Danny Simpson in central defence.
Pardew will now have to decide whether Williamson is ready for a first-team return.
For his part, Williamson is ready and willing to play.
“From my point of view, I’m fit for selection,” Williamson said.
“I feel like my ankle and knee are OK. I’ve had a couple of training sessions and that 45 minutes under my belt.
“It’s down to the manager – I’m just happy to be back.”
Williamson suffered ankle and knee injuries in Carling Cup tie away to Scunthorpe in late August.
“At the time it was quite painful – it was my ankle and knee,” said the 28-year-old.
“The physio team told me the length. It has been frustrating, but I’m just glad to have that behind me, and I want to get as fit as I can.”
The conditions at United’s training ground, which was battered by rain and wind, were testing for Williamson – who was handed the captain’s armband – and his colleagues.
They took the lead through teenage striker Dan Taylor, who headed a Samuel Adjei cross home early in the game, but Bolton claimed a point through a close-range Michael O’Halloran goal six minutes from time.
Williamson said: “It was good – I got 45 minutes under the my belt, and that was always going to be the exercise.
“I came off at half time, and it was nice to be back and have the boots back on.
“I reminded me of my school days - it was windy and rainy conditions – but it was good to get outside.”