While we heard today that captain Kevin Nolan has played his last game for Newcastle this season, there are two Newcastle players potentially on their way back.
Alan Smith – keen to return to Newcastle side
Both Alan Smith and Leon Best are back in training after both have recovered from the ankle injuries they picked up this year.
Both required operations and Leon had his in early April, but Alan Smith’s was a lot more serious, and the former Red Devils and Leeds United player has been out since early January.
And it seems from what manager Alan Pardew has said today, that Smith has the better chance of making the tough game on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
Smith is said to be keen to make his return from his serious ankle injury, and Alan Pardew talked about the two returning players today:
“We’ll look forward to having Alan involved in training on Friday and Saturday, and we’ll make a decision for Sunday.”
“I’m not sure about Bestie. He’s probably a bit behind Alan, but we’ll see.”
It would be good to see Alan in action on Sunday, but ti seems to be asking a lot of the player to come back in such a tough game, but we all know Smith is a tremendous professional.
We have to hope that all these injuries the Newcatsle squad have picked up this year, is not pointing to next season once again being full of injuries for the squad.
Newcastle were renowned a few seasons ago for all the injuries the squad had season after season, and were always top of the Premier League Injury table, almost all the time.
When Chris Hughton came in he seemed to reduce the number of injuries greatly by not risking injured players at all, and of course Chris only had a tiny squad at his disposal, but he still got the job done last season, to his enormous credit.
Since Pardew’s arrival in December, those injuries seem to have increased significantly, and we have to hope it’s only a coincidence.
And with all the players out injured at the moment, it’s very hard to see Newcastle getting anything at all from their final trip to London this season, on Sunday afternoon.
But as usual, we’re hoping for the very best.
Howay The Lads!!