It turns out that James Milner has been involved in every Premier League game for Newcastle United this season, so a little rest on the bench, well at least in the first half, seemed OK yesterday.
James Milner – will not miss many more games this season
But Keegan has told James it will not be happening too many more times this season. James will want to be back when Newcastle meet Aston Villa next Saturday, after being on loan at Villa Park a couple seasons ago.
Keegan told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI said to James â€˜I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll be calling you in too often to say youâ€™re not playing.â€™â€ â€œI just felt we had to try something different. I just felt that was the best way to go to give Emre a chance.â€
â€œI also knew Joey Barton would cover that side (on the right wing) a little bit.â€ â€œIt was just one of those things that you look at and think how do we just change things a little bit? How can we get a result?â€
â€œJames was unfortunately the one to make way, and I said to him itâ€™s no reflection on how heâ€™s played. He has played every game.â€ â€œThe sad thing is that heâ€™ll go away and play for the under-21s now, and in some ways that was in my mind as well.â€
â€œI know Stuart Pearce will play him. Heâ€™ll rest him in the next one, but play him in this one.â€ â€œHe needs resting.”
“Heâ€™s played nearly every minute of every game, and I think Charles Nâ€™Zogbia has as well.â€ â€œThatâ€™s more due to the injuries weâ€™ve had, and the size of the squad.â€
However, Newcastle fans know James Milner loves to play in every game, and he would have been disappointed not to start yesterday. But this is all for his own good, to save him from himself, if you like.
James just turned 22 years old last month, and he’ll be in action with Steven Taylor tomorrow night, for the England Under-21 side, who play Ireland in the European Under-21 tournament.
The game is at St. Mary’s Stadium, in Southampton, with a kick-off time of 7.45 PM.Â England should win this game in a canter, and we wish the lads the best of luck.