It seems that most of our players should be fit for the Wolves game on Saturday, but of course Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor are both suspended for the game.
Jose Enrique – if he’s touch and go – don’t start him against Wolves
But it looks like Jose Enrique’s fight for fitness will not be decided until the day of the game, and that being the case, we simply think he should not be played.
The last thing we want to see is what happened at Stoke, where Jose played for 22 minutes, then the hamstring tightened up again, and he had to be replaced by young Shane Ferguson.
And if Jose keeps playing while he’s almost fit, he’ll never get fully fit any time soon.
If Jose hadn’t played against Stoke, he would be fully fit by now, and if he plays against Wolves and comes off, he’ll probably be a doubt for the important game at Villa Park a week on Saturday.
It’s a thing Newcastle used to do, especially when Graeme Souness was manager at the club, and often the Scot wanted players to play when they were not quite fit, and didn’t look too fondly on any player who refused to play.
The result was that Newcastle had stacks of injuries during Graeme’s time at the club, and the loss of players through injury arguably cost him his job.
This is what Alan Pardew said today regarding Newcastle’s injury situation:
“I’m half hopeful that Jose makes it,” . “Jonas is fit, and Joey Barton has another week of training under his belt.”
“It’s just whether Jose makes it through. Leon Best’s only a slight worry for me.”
So it looks at least that Jonas Gutierrez and Leon Best will be fit, and since they both didn’t start the game at Stoke City, they should strengthen the Newcastle team.
Rather than risk Jose again we’d much rather see young Shane Ferguson start the game, or even that Steven Taylor is brought in at left back, but please if it’s touch and go with Jose, give him a chance to fully recover and give him a rest.
Only then will he be available for the remaining games this season, which is what’s really important for one of Newcastle’s best players.