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
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!!