It turns out that Kevin Nolan apologised to every one of his Newcastle team-mates at half time in yesterday’s game against Everton, after Kevin had been sent off in the 44th minute.
Kevin Nolan – will miss next 3 games
For those readers who haven’t seen the video of Kevin’s awful tackle here it is.
It was definitely a sending-off offense and Kevin’s rather lucky that Anichebe wasn’t more seriously injured. We’re glad he wasn’t because it looks like Everton have lost Arteta for the rest of the season after he injured his knee, after just 4 minutes.
He has damaged his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and that is usually six months out at least.
Nolan will now miss the next three games for the shocking challenge, Bolton, Manchester United and Hull City, and those games are crucial to the Newcastle side.
The apology and his quick admission of fault, could well have helped the lads galvanize together in the second half yesterday, when they started like a steam train, in what turned out to be another great fighting performance from the lads – there’s certainly no lack of courage in the squad we have riught now.
There’s not much we can do now about Kevin missing the next 3 games, because there will be no appeal from Newcastle United, that’s for sure. The lads which just have to get on with it.
Both caretaker boss Chris Hughton and Everton manager David Moyes have accepted Nolan’s apologies, while close pal and former team-mate Gary Speed told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“He’s not that type of player, it’s out of character.”
“He’s been sent off before but for nothing of this kind of nature.”
Nolan is quoted as telling Victor Anichebe in the tunnel:
“I’m really sorry. I was late – I didn’t mean to hurt you.
“I can only apologise.”
However, a little bit of good news on the injury front is that 20 year-old Gateshead born 6′ 4″ striker striker Andy Carroll, who has been impressive when starting in the side recently, will be available for the Bolton game next Sunday. That’s good news after Shola Ameobi was less than impressive yesterday.
Andy has missed the 3-2 win at West Brom and the 0-0 draw yesterday, due to the ankle injury he picked up in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland on February 1st.