Newcastle have not been too lucky with injuries and suspensions all season long.
James Perch – faces three match ban to start after Wolves game
We’ve already had Coloccini, Barton, Williamson and Ryan Taylor suspended for 3 games, and now Cheick Tiote will serve a two match ban because of accumulating 10 yellow cards this season.
And earlier in the week James Perch picked up a three match ban, for being sent of in the Reserve team game against Manchester United.
And as far as injuries go it’s where to start – with the main one being to one of our very best players in Hatem Ben Arfa, who broke his left leg in two places in early October at Manchester City.
The 25-year-old has hardly had a look-in since Danny Simpson returned from his injury last October, and almost immediately nailed down the right-back position at Newcastle.
In the Reserve team game earlier this week, James was kicked by young forward Ravel Morrison, but Perch reacted badly by grabbing the player, and that was it – both players were given their marching orders by referee Ross Joyce.
Manager Alan Pardew gave James a little support in the matter today, when he said:
“James was a little bit unlucky in some respects,” “The young Manchester United player went up to him and kicked him.”
“He was obviously sent off. James just grabbed him, and asked ‘What are you doing, son?”
“He ended up being sent off. I thought the referee overreacted to it. I just wanted to give him a game.”
It seems that Perch will still be available for next Saturday’s home game against Wolves, and should be on the bench.
James will then miss the next three games which are at Aston Villa, at home to Manchester United now rearranged for the Tuesday evening of 19th April, and the away game at Blackpool.
The good news, if that’s the way to put it, is that Ryan Taylor will be available for the Aston Villa game, so at least one of them will be available for the next four games.
Such is the level of good news these days at Newcastle.