We had seen the report on one of the local Newcastle blogs yesterday, that Stephen Ireland could miss the game tomorrow night because his girlfriend had been in a serious car accident.
Stephen with attractive girlfriend Jessica
It turns out that Stephen Ireland has been at the bedside of his partner Jessica Lawlor, after she was injured in a rather serious car crash last week.
Even though Stephen has now been on Tyneside 11 weeks today, he has still not kicked a ball for Newcastle, and it could be the club may decide he’s not in the right frame of mind to play tomorrow night, and we don’t know what the situation will be for the game at Blackpool on Saturday.
But if he misses the Red Devils game he will have missed all 10 games Newcastle have played since he arrived on January 31st, and just let’s hope he doesn’t get injured in training anytime soon.
Alan Pardew talked about the situation today:
“It’ll be great if he’s available for the Manchester United game because that would give us a good five or six games after that to have a good look at him, and see if there’s a future here for him and for us.”
” “Stephen Ireland’s a quality player.” “That’s what we want, we want that competition, for one of the strikers maybe, to link into the midfield, to Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton.”
“That’s what Ireland was brought in to do.” “He contributes with effective ability, something we’ve been lacking, in terms of options.” “On the training ground he looks terrific and that tells you a lot.”
If there are not enough games for Ireland to prove himself a decent option for Newcastle this season, maybe the club can take the lad on a season long loan deal next season, so he can prove he is good enough to sign for Newcastle full time.
We understand the rather delicate situation with Stephen, but we’d still like to see him on the bench tomorrow night, if at all possible, and if he comes on for his debut he’ll get a good sympathetic hand from the sold-out St. James’ Park crowd.
But if he cannot make it – so be it – that’s life – and there are some things even more important than football.