Some players are just terribly injury prone, and it looks like Alan Smith is one of those.
Alan Smith – doubtful with dead leg
The surpise we heard yesterday was that Alan Smith is a doubt for next Monday’s game, because of a dead leg.
While Alan is not the best player at the club by a long way, he has provided the drive that is needed over the last couple of games, and if he does miss the game he will be a loss to the side.
News this morning suggests the player right now is only rated as 50-50 for Monday’s game because of his dead leg.
And Newcastle manager Alan Shearer told Newcastle United TV this morning that the midfielder was a doubt for the game, and that Spanish defender Jose Enrique is almost certain to miss out with the hamstring problem which has plagued him for a few games now, and has even forced Shearer to plasy just 3 at the back in some of the games.
Shearer also wants to move on from talking about Joey Barton, but he was quick this morning to say that the mood in the camp is good, and that the altercation with bad boy Barton has not affected his players.
Shearer told the Evening Chronicle:
“It hasn’t affected us. The mood has been good and that’s encouraging.” “Joey has been suspended until further notice.”
“We will make another statement or comment when the time is right.”
“Other than that, there is far more important things to talk about.”
It appears that Alan’s statement is addressed at Newcastle looking at ways to terminate Joey’s contract at the club, but we’d be silly not to take whatever we can get for the player.
Sam Allardyce and others would be willing to take Joey for £3M, and we should take it, but of course Barton wouldn’t get anywhere near the £65K/week he’s on at Newcastle, and may try to fight any termination of his contract, but he would probably lose.