Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said to day that life could be better at Newcastle than it is right now.
Alan Pardew – shot taken last December in Alan’ s very first training session
And very like in seasons gone by, Newcastle have been hit with a lot of injuries over the last few weeks, most picked up in training, and we currently have Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland out injured, and that’s in addition to long term casualties Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and Alan Smith, with the Leeds-born player out for the rest of the season with his badly injured ankle.
And Ryan Taylor is suspended for the next two games, after being sent off in his first game back since last October after recuperating from his ankle injury.
So it’s probably good news that Newcastle play just a couple of games in the next three and a half weeks, so that most of our players can get back fit again, without missing too many of the remaining nine league games.
Both Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland should be fit for the Stoke game a week on Saturday but left-back Jose Enrique remains a major doubt for that game, but should be fit for the game at home to Wolves on April 2nd.
The lads completed their training session today, and will take some time out to rest up, both physically and mentally and not come back until Monday to start preparing for the game at Stoke, and those long throw-ins from Rory Delap.
Manager Alan Pardew, who thinks there is still a lot to play for in the league this season, told the official Newcastle web-site today:
“Life could be better because the injury front is not looking too good this week.”
“But we’ve got a chance of having a physical and mental rest, and then will start for Stoke on Monday, when I hope to have a couple more bodies around me.”
“We will just have to wait and see really on the injured players. By Wednesday of next week I really need to know whether people are going to train on Thursday.”
“I am going to pick the team on Thursday. In recent weeks we have been trying to get players through Thursday and Friday to be able to play on Saturday, and it hasn’t worked for us.”
“So we will now nail our team down on Thursday morning and go with it, whatever it is.”
Picking the team on Thursday will allow the players to play together a little, and Pardew can ensure every single one of them knows exactly what his job is against Stoke City, which will be a tough test, but Newcastle just cannot lose that game, and again let a side below us gain all 3 points in one game.
That of course happened against Everton, and it was at home too.
Giving the lads time off until Monday seems a good idea, so they can all recharge their batteries and maybe be with their families a bit, because once April comes around Newcastle have a league game every single weekend until the end of the season on May 22nd.
We hope we can secure safety in the Premier League just as soon as possible, and we’ll all be very happy once we see 42 points on the board – very very happy. 😀
Howay The Lads!!