Newcastle are ready to welcome back Spanish left-back Jose Enrique into the team for tomorrow’s home game against Barnsley.
Jose Enrique – back tomorrow from hamstring injury
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked about Jose today:
“He has forged a very good relationship with Jonás,” “You can see it on the pitch.” “There is a lot of energy down that flank.”
“Enríque has the ability to get forward and Jonás has the ability to cover for him when he does.”
“They have forged a good understanding.”
Enríque has improved continually since arriving on Tyneside in the summer of 2007, when Sam Allardyce was managing the club, and the club is reported to have paid £6.2M for the Spaniard.
But Enrique is now very popular on Tyneside and he loves the city and the area, and of course seems so proud to play for Newcastle United – no wonder the lad’s popular. 😀
He’s started 28 of Newcastle’s first 31 games this season, only missing out when Chris used some youngsters in the Cup games.
Jose’s played 56 games before this season, so the 24 year-old now has 84 appearances fort the club.
Enrique pulled his hamstring in the 2-0 win against Crystal Palace back on January 27th and has been out ever since.
Chris continued to discuss the very popular Valencia-born full-back:
“It’s his third season and he’s getting used to the pace of the game,”
“He’s had a fantastic season and had played almost every game until his recent injury. He has improved as a player.”
“We’ve been the team to catch,” “It’s been a responsibility we’ve taken on and dealt with very well.”
“But there’s probably not a team in the division that doesn’t have something to fight for at this stage of the season so we know we’re in for 13 tough games.”
We’re not sure if Jose will start tomorrow, but that depends a lot on how he’s looked in training, and this is his second week back in training.
Certainly the Newcastle crowd will be very happy to see the Spaniard back playing for Newcastle tomorrow, as we push on towards that promotion.