Nile Ranger Fit For Stoke City Game


There’s at least one piece of good news on the injury front for the Newcastle fans today.

Nile Ranger – fit again after shin problem

And that is that 19 year-old up-and-coming striker Nile Ranger is fit again following his shin injury, which kept him out of the 2-1 home defeat against Everton a couple of weeks ago.

But Jose Enrique will not make it,  and Jonas Gutierrez is very doubtful, although there is some hope that Joey Barton will return to the side, after missing the last two games with his thigh strain.

This is what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said earlier today, following a training session at Benton:

“Jose is well off at the moment.”  “He has not trained this week and we will have to see if he can do something. He is a player I cannot afford to put at risk.”

“Jonas did the warm-up in training, but he is still feeling his knee, Joey did the same. Nile Ranger is fine.”

We should see London-born Ranger come on sometime in the second half tomorrow, and of course this lad is full of energy and and very fast, and could cause the Stoke defense some problems, much like Andy Carroll used to do, earlier in the season.

The 6′ 2″ former Southampton striker  still has to score his first Premier League goal, and he’s already made 51 appearances for the Newcastle first team, and is probably  a better player than Andy was at the same age 28 months ago.

We can only hope (and pray) that he becomes as good as Andy over the next couple of years, and if he doesn’t, it will certainly not be because the lad lacks the necessary skills or ability.

It’s all up to Nile to become a first class professional,  because the skills are all there for him to become  a great striker for Newcastle.

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17 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    If Ranger gets a game tomorrow, I hope he breaks his duck.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #2

    If Ranger gets a game tomorrow, I hope he breaks into the top class of PL forwards with a hat trick!
    my god we need it!
    HWTL

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  • TimToon9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    If Ranger gets a game tomorrow, I hope he breaks his duck.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    “Jose is well off at the moment.” “He has not trained this week and we will have to see if he can do something. He is a player I cannot afford to put at risk.”

    He obviously needs to be fit for the summer 😉

    Good having Ranger back but our squad/team are so thin, highlights how poorly we did in January and how poorly Pardew and Co, run the team/club.

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  • mrmcgee

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #5

    If Ranger gets a game tomorrow, I hope he breaks his duck.

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  • Currytoon

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    If Ranger gets a game tomorrow, I hope he brings his duck.

    You don’t want to be in a game like that without your duck.

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  • Sav

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #7

    He was canny on the right wing against Chelski in the cup. How about that tomorrow? Adds an extra bit of height and Joey can tuck in (if he’s fit)

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  • shearermania

    Mar 18, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    If Ranger gets a game tomorrow, I hope he shows his di.. duck

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 18, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    shearermania, Couldn’t reply faster. Had to wash the spray of coffee from my monitor screen. 😀

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #10

    ok a hit trick then – one off his left foot, second off his right foot and the third a 30 yard volly of his duck.
    stoke 0 NUFC 2 the duck 1
    we stay up and so does the duck
    HWTL

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  • G

    Mar 18, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    If the pacy Ranger that breaks up defences shows up tomorrow, then I hope he starts. Stoke are a difficult side to disorganise, so I would go with the Bobby Robson school of thought here, and put as much pace on the field as possible. Nothing frightens defences like pace, and if we can get a bit of that on the green, then we have an excellent chance of LB / NR getting in with the odd goal.

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  • Brutooon

    Mar 18, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #12

    When he start scoring, he wont stop haha

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  • steve1980

    Mar 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree with G 100% – attack, attack, attack! Think pace. Stoke are so rubbish it’s untrue, but they frighten the life out of teams with their ferocious set pieces, how intimidating the crowd are, the small pitch etc – all those cliches lol. And teams regularly go defensive as a consequence – don’t fall for it! Go offensive.

    Goal – Harper
    Right Back – Steven Taylor
    Centre Midfield – Coloccini, Williamson
    Left Back – Ferguson
    Right Wing – Simpson (or Barton if fit)
    Centre Midfield – Nolan, Tiote
    Left Wing – Lovenkrands (or Jonas if fit)
    Forward – Best, Ranger

    If we do go one up front then play Guthrie over Best, with Ranger holding it up and others getting forward. But Best has 6 goals in a short amount of games and is on a good run, so utterly deserves to start. Had my doubts about him but he’s playing well, have to hand it to the lad.

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  • G

    Mar 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Simpson on the right wing? No thanks mate. Other than that nice line up, put Simpson back where he belongs at RB, and stick either Barton (as you rightly point out, if fit) or Guthrie there, and we have a chance. Alternatively, is R Taylor available for this one, or has he still got one more match to sit out?

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  • Davies

    Mar 18, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #15

    If ranger gets a game tomorrow, I hope he breaks Delap’s arm.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Surely time for Ranger to start showing some finish in front of net. He does have talent but will he waste it with a bad attitude? Who is his mentor in the team? Why is he late for practice when he lives very close to the training ground? Surely he can see he leads a very privileged life? Perhaps not and will have to lose it before he learns. Hopefully not for us. Time to grow up Nile.

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  • Snubs

    Mar 18, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #17

    HAHA shearermania! couldn’t stop laughing! should give ranger a start – he has the heart!

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