Enrique Has Own Personal Trainer In Attempt To Be Fit


Alan Pardew had commented yesterday that the news that Joey Barton and Jose Enrique were not fully committed to Newcastle was just absolute rubbish.

Jose Enrique – desperate to play today

We hadn’t seen those reports on the internet, but there’s little doubt that these two players are consummate professionals, and of course Joey will be a key man for Newcastle this afternoon against Wolves.

This is how Alan Pardew reacted yesterday to those reports about the players not being fully committed:

“I have no doubts about their attitudes. I do not think there is any question about their commitment to the cause.”

And as we had expected, Jose is desperate to play this afternoon, and just to show how committed he is right now to Newcastle, Jose has brought over his own personal trainer from Portugal,  to help him with his fitness.

The trainer seems to have worked well with the Newcatsle medical staff over the last week or so, and Jose is very keen to pass his fitness test today.

Alan talked about Jose Enrique today:

“José has come to see me and is desperate to play against Wolves, but is also desperate to ensure the setback at Stoke does not happen again. That change at Stoke when he had to go off possibly cost us the first goal.”

“It is a very tough call and I have to make sure I call it right because there are still seven games after this one. He is either fit to play and he plays, or I leave him out.”

“He has been receiving treatment here although he has a very trusted trainer with him who he has used a lot in the past.” “He has joined our medical team to make sure we have touched all the bases.”

“The medical work he has done is very good and he has had some great advice. I cannot stress enough how committed he is. Joey will definitely play against Wolves and José is 50-50 but desperate to play.

It would appear that Jose could even make the game this afternoon, but Alan Pardew has to make sure he can play the full game, and will not come off again after 20 minutes or so, as happened at Stoke.

And a rest today would make Jose a cast iron certainty for the important game next Saturday at Villa Park, and have him available for the rest of the season too.

If there’s any doubt at all this morning, when Jose gets his fitness test, then Newcastle should give Enrique a rest today, and play young Shane Ferguson from the start.

Shane will not let Newcastle down, that’s for sure.

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6 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    barton is a very good player – but he has his devils and I would not describe remotely describe him as a consumate professional. when he was sent to jail after a second offence while on bail I said he should have been instantly sacked by a great club like NUFC. But he was given a second chance and appears to be taking it and is controlling those devils – but the last time we played wolves he was a marked man and may be again.
    But despite us standing by him he has not signed a new contract – so good player or not I’m not impressed with him as a person – a bit of loyalty would help!

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  • DerkaSayWhat

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Loyalty now days in football is hardly seen,SuperMac.Which is sad to see.

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  • Sav

    Apr 2, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    He is holding out for a 3 year contract when a 2 year one has been offered according to the grapevine. Possibly even accepting a reduced wage to get it.
    That doesn’t sound like disloyalty to me.

    Enrique’s contract is a different story so it is not constructive to lump the 2 of them together.

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  • dave 1961

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #4

    wolves will only target Barton if we the fans let them & I cant see that, i’m up for it today if they go near our players I will be screaming at the ref. we should start singing the ref’s a b*****d even before the kick off.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Have to agree with sav as I have heard it he is taking about a £mil drop in wages to translate that into a three year deal, I think that is excellent attitude towards the club.

    The way he has played the last two seasons he could prob have sat tight a got a club come in for him with the same level of wage he is on now so to me the drop in wage show to me he has some level of loyalty and desire for the club.

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  • thepict

    Apr 2, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Joey has been our best player this season and deservedly named man of the match. give him a 3 year contract.

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