Alan Pardew has tried to explain how Mike Williamson managed to break his arm in training yesterday.
Mike Williamson – in action this season
The rumors that Mike was belaying out of a Black Hawk Helicopter seem not to be true, and this is how Alan explained it today:
“Mike was doing a pull-up that went wrong and broke the bone in the top of his arm. He didn’t look too clever and he’s broken it.”“There’s nothing untoward like messing around in the gym, he was being supervised in the pull-ups so it’s just really a freak accident and he’s so unlucky.”
“Coming in as a center-half in the Premier League, you get asked a lot of different questions, be that by a 6ft 7in (Nikola) ZŽigic or a 5ft 10 bundle of muscle like Wayne Rooney with technical ability.”
“He’s had to deal with that and has done very well. Steven Taylor, who signed a new contract when I arrived here, who I have got good belief in, he’s kept him out of the team so I’ve got nothing but praise for him.”
“It’s unfortunate we’ve not got him for the last three games but he can pat himself on the back. He can rest assured he’s had a good season.”
“As for Ben Arfa, we’d hoped to see him in action in these last few games, but we think that’s probably not going to happen now. He’s had a little setback. That’s what happens when you come back from that sort of injury.”
In fairness to Mike Williamson he’s had a great season, and has proved he can play in the Premier League.
This season he has appeared 32 times for the side, and has 48 total appearances since signing from Portsmouth 15 months ago, and has established himself alongside Fabricio Coloccini as Newcastle’s first choice center-back.
The 27 year-old Stoke-born 6’4″ defender was a terrific buy for Newcastle, given the club paid Portsmouth a measly £1M for him, but we’ll not see Mike again until pre-season in early July.