Newcastle United midfielder Emre Belozoglu has been missing from Newcastle’s line-up since last April and yet has been named in Turkey’s squad for Wednesday’s friendly with Romania.
We all know that players are most susceptible to injury when they are returning from an injury, so why on earth is Emre willing to play for Turkey as his first game back?
The very last thing we want is for Emre to aggravate his ankle on international duty.
Emre – hasn’t played for Newcastle since April yet playing for Turkey tomorrow
Emre has not featured for Newcastle this season due to the problem, but is now expected to play some part in the match tomorrow. Allardyce is rightly concerned that Emre may come back with another injury.
The Newcastle manager cannot prevent Emre linking up with Turkey and is hoping Emre will not suffer a setback and he told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“Emre will probably go away with Turkey – there’s nothing we can do about it,”
“Emre hasn’t played a game for us yet, so that’s a worry.
“There’s more chance of him getting injured than anyone else.
“He tells me that he’ll only have half an hour or 45 minutes, so I hope that’s the case and when he gets back, we’ll get him up to speed.”
We know players like to represent their county but we also know of the dangers when their willingness to play is not consistent with their fitness. That had tragic results for Newcastle United with Michael Owen last year, as we all know.
Players should remember who pays their wages and while we don’t want to be too harsh here â€“ Newcastle pay Emre to play here not to play for Turkey as the priority.
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