We were hoping that Stephen Ireland may be ready for our next game against Bolton Wanderers a week tomorrow, but that may come a little early for the Aston Villa player, who is on loan through the end of the season.
Stephen Ireland – recovery ahead of schedule?
24 year-old Stephen told the Newcastle web site this morning:
“We thought it would be a couple of weeks,” “But I went running outside on Thursday at a decent level and decent pace, and I reckon it could be by the end of next week hopefully.”
“I’ve just got to do a few more sessions and then see how far I can push it. If it goes well then I could be back soon.”
“I haven’t got any specific game in mind. I’ve just got to take a day at a time really, because one day it could feel amazing and then the next day really bad.”
“It’s quite strange, but I have to see how I feel on a day-to-day basis.” “After two weeks at a club you want to be getting involved in the playing and training, but I’m not far away,”
“I didn’t come here just to get treatment – I came here to play. Thankfully things are getting right now and I’m almost there.”
It’s a good time for Stephen to return because Newcastle essentially have a game every weekend through the end of the seaosn, and so it looks like Stephen will miss just one more game before being fully fit again.
And Ben Arfa is due on Tyneside this coming Monday, to continue his rehabilitation from the double fracture of his left leg, and he should be ready in say another three weeks to play for the first team.
As we reported earlier this week Ben Arfa is in Tunisia visiting his grandparents on compassionate leave, in that troubled North African country, and will travel directly to Newcastle early next week, and may mis only another three games, at the most, for Newcastle.
If he does miss the next three games, he should be fit for the game on April 2nd, at home to Wolves, and Ben Arfa with any luck at all, will be all ready to go in that game. A must win game of course, hopefully that will see us much higher up in that league table.
So that’s good news on two fronts for Newcastle.