Some good news today from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who has admitted his biggest game in charge of Newcastle this season is Sunderland’s game at the Stadium of Light, against old enemy Sunderland.
Shola Ameobi – should be fit for Sunday
There’s some good news on the injury front coming through today, with both Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez expected to be fit to start the game on Sunday.
Jose has recovered from the flu and Jonas has recovered from the knock that kept him out of the Stevenage disaster.
And Andy Carroll returned from Dubai yesterday, and we should be hearing what the prognosis on Andy is soon, and we would expect to hear something about his chances, maybe even today.
But more good news is that Shola Ameobi is fit to start up front, as he’s now recovered from his ankle injury, and there’s one thing about Shola, and that is that he always plays well against Sunderland, and has had some of his best games in a black and white short against the Wearsiders.
And with impressive comeback by Dan Gosling in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Hibernian yesterday, which impressed the watching Alan Pardew, that may mean he could even come in for the suspended Cheick Tiote, given the lack of form of Alan Smith when he’s deputized for the Ivorian this season.
Alan Pardew met with both Ashley and Llambias on the transfer business last night, but it seems there is nothing imminent about to happen, certainly not before Sunday.
This is what Alan said this morning:
“The injury news is looking positive for us and we should have some important players back,”
“Shola Ameobi should be fit now, Jonas will be fine and Jose Enrique should be available too. It will be a boost to have Shola back.”
“He is going to train on Friday and that is what we’re working towards at the moment – although there is a couple of days’ work to be done there.”
“The other positive for us is that Dan Gosling came back and he is certainly looking good.”
“I couldn’t really use him over Christmas without getting some minutes under his belt but he’s given me something to think about.”
That’s a positive piece of news that Dan looked so impressive yesterday, and what a game to make your debut in if indeed he plays on Sunday, although Kevin Nolan played his very first game for Newcastle against Sunderland in the 1-1 home draw in February of 2009.
We wouldn’t mind seeing Dan Gosling lining up in the holding midfield position at all on Sunday, although he will hardly be able to complete the whole game, but he will have the chance to show us exactly what he can do at Newcastle.
Very well, we hope.