During Alan Pardew’s press conference yesterday afternoon, the Newcastle manager said he was only concentrating at the moment on the game at Norwich City tomorrow.
Mike Williamson – back for Swansea game
Alan was asked what the situation would be for the next game against Swansea, and who might be fit for that next home game game, but Alan insisted he wanted to concentrate on Norwich.
But the Londoner did expect one or two players to be back for the Swansea game at St. James” Park.
Alan admitted things are tough for the Norwich City game at Carrow Road tomorrow:
“We are really up against it squad wise, and it’s important everybody plays a part.”
We’ll cope with players who have been here and seen the work we have done, and I don’t think it will be a problem.”
“James Perch will play on Saturday and knows exactly how we defend so I don’t see a problem with that.”
“We need to get one or two back and we think we will have one or two back for the Swansea game, including Mike Williamson, who we are accelerating.”
“We’re not as bad as being portrayed at the moment.”
The Newcastle manager intimated that Mike Williamson would be fit enough to be in the squad for the Swansea game, but whether he will start or not is an open question at this point, and will depend a lot on how players like James Perch perform tomorrow.
But it’s good news that a specialist center-back will be available again soon, and while Coloccini could even play tomorrow, it seems that both Coloccini and Williamson will be available for the Swansea game.
That has to be good news, because they were the number one central defensive partnership for the great part of last season , and have played together a lot, including in the promotion season.
So that cannot be bad, and it has to be good news for Mike that as soon as he is match fit he could be straight back in the first team.
That’s because of the terrible Achilles injury to Steven Taylor that will likely keep the Greenwich-born player out for the rest of the season.
Mike will have a big job to do for Newcastle when he returns, that’s for sure.
What do you think?