Enrique To Be Fit For Wolves – But Don’t Take Any Risks

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Pardews statment:

    2 x genuinely.
    1 x honestly.
    1 x really.
    = Worry.

  • chuck

    Mar 21, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Have to say Jose looked good the short while he was on the pitch.
    Hope he will reconsider staying with the club.
    Wonder if Ashley realises what he means to the side and would in turn give him the incentive that all players are receptive to, more dosh !

  • laurentrobert32

    Mar 21, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #3

    if jose is definately fully fit and trains for the full 2 weeks it will be a massive boost. if he is we should give fergie a start and we should have enough to finish off wolves. i know everyone talks about the understanding between jose and jonas but who knows, jose and fergie could be even better together. try out jonas on the right where his delivery should be much improved. ive heard a rumour that pardew might drop harper which is why hes been giving krul reserve games to keep him sharp, but i’d still personally stick with harps.

    simpson collo willy enrique
    jonas barton nolan ferguson
    shola lovenkrands/best

  • Nufc-83

    Mar 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Good team the lauren apart from leaving ranger out who is far better than ameobi and lovendkrands put together. Best and ranger all day up fronty for me.

  • laurentrobert32

    Mar 21, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #5

    i still feel ranger is better at being an impact sub at the moment. deffo think he should get more game time tho would give him at least half an hour at the end or end the full 2nd half if were not winning.

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #6

    ….Simpson Colo Williamson Enrique
    Gutierrez/Ireland Barton Nolan Ferguson/Ranger

  • Brutooon

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #7

    1) Play 4-4-2

    2) Drop Campbell and Lovenkrand forever

    3) Start Ranger with Ameobi. Best(if fit) or Kuqi as impact Sub

    4) Gutierrez and Barton on the wing, Shane Ferguson as backup


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