We’re looking for some positive news after the disaster on Saturday, and there’s some of that this morning about Jose Enrique.
Enrique challenges Pennant on Saturday
Jose Enrique should be fit to face Wolves next month – according to Alan Pardew today – but we shouldn’t play him if he is to limp off again after 20 minutes or so, like he did on Saturday.
The medical staff should make absolutely sure he’s OK, and let the injury fully heal, and then he can play all the remaining games for the club, rather than hamper the injury again, and be doubtful the next game, which is at Aston Villa.
Of course young Shane Ferguson was the only highlight of the game on Saturday for Newcastle fans, when he came on and gave an excellent display of left wingback play, for one so young and inexperienced.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today about Jose:
“We don’t think that it is going to be a serious one, genuinely not.” “It is hard to read with Jose when it comes to injuries.”
“We genuinely felt he was fine late on Friday.” “It was a late call to play Jose.” “I told the Press what I did on Thursday because I honestly thought he wouldn’t be playing.”
“I really didn’t think he would.” “But he was so confident, so I went with him.” “The good thing is he hasn’t pulled anything, it’s just a tightening.” “So we took him off as a precaution.”
Let’s just say the obvious and I’ll move on from it – Jose shouldn’t have played – and if he had been seriously injured it would have been a tragedy for the club.
So let’s not play players who are injured – that’s what Graeme Souness used to do when he was manager, and we had injuries galore when Graeme was at the club.
Ferguson was a breath of fresh air to Newcastle fans on Saturday, as he looked a star in the making, and surely Alan will give him some additional playing time this season.
This is what Alan said about the Northern Ireland International:
“Ferguson done well when he came on, so that was a big bonus for us.”
The last thing we want to see is Enrique limping off the field against Wolves – let the lad recover fully and if necessary, as a precaution give Shane his first start against Wolves.
They are not as good as Stoke City, and this boy will not let the side down.