Alan Pardew has again said that Alan Smith could be out for up to two months, with the ankle injury he received playing against Sunderland on Sunday.
Alan Smith – could miss two months
The 30-year-old holding midfielder, who was deputizing for the suspended Cheick Tiote on Sunday, was apparently in London yesterday for a series of scans on the ankle, so we may find out the results later today.
If Alan has indeed damaged his ankle ligaments, then he will be out for some time, and it seems that Newcastle manager Pardew is preparing himself for the worst.
Alan Pardew talked about Alan’s injury today:
“We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like he could be out for six to eight weeks.”
Smith’s absence gives a chance to Danny Guthrie, who will come into the defensive midfield for Newcastle on Saturday against Tottenham, after playing well when he came in for Smith against Sunderland.
And Dan Gosling can also operate in that position, and is now fit again following his long term ACL knee injury.
So while it’s bad news for Newcastle that Alan will likely be out for some time, there are some players who can fill in well, while both Alan and Cheick are out.