Good News On Injury Front And Ireland Could Make Debut

It looks like on-loan midfielder Stephen Ireland could finally make his debut for Newcastle United a week on Saturday, in the home game against Wolves.

Stephen Ireland could make debut against Wolves, at last!

And it also appears that both Leon Best and Jose Enrique are in with an excellent chance of making that all-important game too.

Stephen arrived on Tyneside with an injured ankle at the end of January, on the same day big Andy left for Liverpool.

And as soon as thee ankle healed up, and he was all set to make his debut against Everton, he suffered a thigh injury in training on the Friday before the game, and has been out ever since.

It must have been very frustrating for the Irishman over the last two months, it certainly has been for the fans awaiting his debut,  and it will be good once we get this skillful player in the Newcastle side.

Assistant manager John Carver says Newcastle expect Stephen to be ready for the important Wolves game:

“Stephen Ireland will resume full training on Monday – he will join in with the group then and get a good week of training before Wolves, so we’re hopeful there,”

“Jose Enrique is no worse than he was leading up to the game on Saturday, so he has a chance. It is a mild hamstring which we will monitor over the next seven days.”

“Leon Best had to report with the Irish team, but I do know that the last time he had the injection on his ankle he was fine.”

“He had to go to Dublin to have the injury assessed, but hopefully time is a great healer and by the time Wolves comes along we’ll have him back.”

We hope Leon doesn’t play for Ireland against Macedonia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night, and further hamper the ankle injury.

Newcastle have had very little luck this season in their games, and these last couple of months, have had no luck at all with injuries.

We have to hope we can get these lads back for the Wolves game, and get a little bit of class into the side, because we’ll already be missing Cheick Tiote for the next two games.

What’s the chances of Fab Coloccini being given that defensive midfield position against Wolves, after his good play in the second half last Saturday?

If everybody is fit this could be a decent side to field against Wolves:

Simpson Taylor (S) Williamson Enrique
Barton Coloccini Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Ameobi Best

And a win against Wolves will go a long way to bringing some calm back to Tyneside,  after a bad run of results over the last three matches,  which now sees Newcastle just 4 points above the drop zone.

Howay The Lads!!

16 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    OK, at last he might play against wolves
    BUT, does his loan contract allow him to play againsy villa?

  • Stuart

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Guess we’ll find out when we play them. I doubt he’ll be eligable though.

  • damonmwade

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    In your team to field why have you put Collocini in midfield? the team i would go for is ,Simpson, Taylor, Collocini, Enrique in defence, Guttierez right wing, Ferguson left wing, Barton and Nolan CM and Best and Ranger up front.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    just read that journal piece mentioned in a previous post – its more detailed than suggested – 2 internationals, one a proven striker and definately not connor wickham – sounds good

  • shear-class

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Well said why the hell would you move our best centre half by far this season into midfield just doesnt make sense to me

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Stuart – why all the secrecy concerning a loan contract? I’ve heard we don’t pay him while he’s injured (unconfirmed) now we may not have him for a vital game when we really need him due to suspensions & injuries – what on earth is going on at this club

  • daneevz

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    where is ireland in that line up then ed?? or we going with a sub cameo role?

  • Stuart

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Its not really secrecy I don’t think. You never really know the full terms of any deal whether its a loan or a transfer.

    Maybe as Houllier didnt rate Ireland at all he may not have added a clause to the deal saying he couldnt play against villa, so he may be eligable.

    I really hope he’s fit soon though so he can play as many games as possible before the end of the season. Even if we don’t sign him in the summer I reckon he can contribute a few goals/assists before the end of the season.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    4 points but more importantly 6 places I believe we need 6 points to be definitely safe.

  • Davies

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    My concern with Ireland was that he might be a prima donna and end up disrupting the (seemingly) quickly evapourating harmony in the dressing room. To be fair, it looks like he’s settling in and he’s having a pretty good time. I know that’s not what he’s here for, but I’d rather that than him falling out with the players or the manager.

    If we can get the best out of him for the rest of the season, it might well be worth making his deal permanent. With players from midfield picking up injuries and suspensions all over the place, I think he’d probably get a lot of starts next season.

    Unfortunately, like everything else we keep talking about (transfers, league position, Pardew) we’ll just have to wait and see.

    I do feel a little more optimistic with the news that’s come out today. I still think we’ll stay up as well.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    I will open the bubbly and get really pissed the day Strola Ameobi finally leaves us!! I can’t stand the guy anymore. He is completely useless to our cause. He just hampers our efforts as does Lovenkrands these days. Both need to be shipped out immediately when the transfer window re-opens. The have been rarely decent in the past but their time has come to F-Off! If we keep playing them ahead of a promising and much more potent Ranger we will get relegated. We need goals and shots at goal and Ameobi and Lovernkrands are championship quality at best and don’t offer hardly any threat. Ranger on the other hand may be inexperienced but does scare the living daylights of the opposition and manages more shots at goal and is unlucky not to score every time he’s on. Every time I see them in the first 11 my stomach turns and I start to fear the worse. I am not being negative nor a bad supporter it’s just years of painful viewing that I cannot stand either of them just prancing around and not getting hardly involved in the match and picking up their pay cheque and playing the following game again! We need to play hungry players like Ranger, Fergurson, Airey etc. Not these under performing has-beens (in Ameobi’s case he never became anything!)

  • wynsleap

    Mar 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    JP (11) Couldn’t agree more.
    How Ameobi has managed to stay at this club for so long and played so many games for so many deluded managers is beyond me.
    He either has something on the club or is the luckiest player alive.
    The guy brings nothing to the table whatsoever.
    (Yes I know he’s scored one or two against the Mackems but that doesn’t make him a star)

  • Brutooon

    Mar 23, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #13

    If Ireland played, he will make an impact. We need a new and fresh player inside the team.

  • ddmacker

    Mar 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Are we really going to play a player in the first team who has’nt played a full 90 mins for anybody, since we gave him and his team a good spanking last summer? The “form” he displayed that day did’nt come near the level he achieved( the privious season) when he was voted player of the year with MCFC. JAAZSUS!!!are we that hard up? What kind of a message doe’s that send to the kids who play and give their all every week in the reserves?

  • curmon

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Be aware that some players who are unable to cut it in the PL are more than comfortable in the lower leagues. In most PL clubs this is not an issue as this level of player spends most of their time in the reserves or on the fringes of the 1st team. Unfortunately, due to the paucity of our PL squad we have to regularly field several players of limited ambition, Do not expect these players to be vtoo interested in maintaining our status in the PL. Who do I include in this non aspirational group, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Perch plus several others. Watch their commitment over the next two months !!

  • clinta2

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m so excitied about watching Ireland play for the toon… pfft!


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