Mike Williamson is about two weeks away from his return to full training at Newcastle.
Mike Williamson – back in two weeks
Alan Pardew is facing up to a mini injury crisis at Newcastle with Steven Taylor out for the season and Fab Coloccini missing the next game at Norwich City this Saturday.
Who will start alongside James Perch in the middle of defense on Saturday we have no idea, so short of players are Newcastle in central defense right now.
But Alan will now try to speed up the return of Mike Williamson, but of course you cannot overdo or else the lad will have a relapse.
But once Mike is able to play again, we can look to him playing in the Reserves and having some pre-arranged practice games behind closed doors to get fully match fit.
Alan Pardew talked about the 27 year-old Stoke-born central defender today:
“Mike Williamson’s back around the squad,” “He’s going to need a lot of work on the training ground to get himself up to speed, but we might have to accelerate that.”
“He’s not that close – he’s definitely not playing at Norwich, or maybe the one after that against Swansea City on December 17.” “We’re going to have to see if we can speed him up a bit.”
Pardew had praise for Perch, who came on for Coloccini in the first half of the Chelsea loss, the first home loss since Everton’s visit to St James’s Park in early March.
James Perch came on for Colo in the first half and did quite well, and Pardew is giving the lad praise for his performance, as Alan no doubt tries to pump up James’ confidence ready for the vital games ahead.
James Perch – huge opportunity for the 26 year-old
Alan gave Perch credit for his performance:
“James came into a really intense game, and he looked a little bit nervous when he came on to the pitch,”
“After that, he grew in stature. In the end, they took Didier Drogba off. He didn’t give him a sniff.”
“He’s going to be important next week – he’ll play. He’ll take that confidence into the game.”
Of course the positive way to think of Perch’s situation is that he now has a great opportunity to prove he deserves to be at a club like Newcastle United.
Certainly Danny Guthrie has come in for the injured Cheick Tiote and played great over these last six games, and we have to hope James Perch will do exactly the same thing in the weeks ahead.
That’s what we’re hoping for, and we want to support the former Nottingham Forest player in his efforts to do just that.
There would be nobody more delighted than us if James comes through with flying colors in the games ahead.
Howay The Lads!!