It looks like Stephen Ireland could be fit got the important home game with Wolves in 9 days time.
Stephen Ireland – still not fit yet
And it seems Alan Pardew see the Irishman as an important player for Newcastle in the run-in to the season.
Stephen was all ready to make his debut against Everton a few weeks back, but then pulled a thigh muscle the day before the game, and has been ruled out ever since.
This is what the Newcastle manager said about Stephen’s situation today:
“Stephen becomes an important figure for us in the last eight games,” “When Andy Carroll left, we wanted to bring in a quality player, and Stephen’s a quality player.”
“He’s been a little bit unlucky with injury, but we think he’ll be available.” “We’re hoping he’ll train fully on Monday, which would give him a week’s work going into the Wolves game,”
“He’s got a very good chance, though we’re conscious of what happened the last time when he pulled a muscle in his thigh.” “You’ve got to be so careful with players coming back as they can pick up little injuries.”
“We’ve taken a little bit more time over him. He could probably join in today or tomorrow, but we’ll hold him back until next week.”
Stephen has an excellent chance of cementing his deal at Newcastle in the summer, and we hear he is desperate to come to Tyneside, because he can start to make an impact for Newcastle in the remaining 8 games of the season.
If Stephen can get anywhere near the form he showed when he was at Manchester City, he could become a bargain buy for Newcastle at around £8M.
But if the 24 year-old does make his debut on April 2nd, then it will have taken a good two months for the player to get fit in time to play for Newcastle United, and that’s a long time for a player on loan for just four months.
Let’s hope we are paying Aston Villa for the loan, based on when the player is fit to play.