Alan Pardew gave his press conference this afternoon for the vital Fulham game at home tomorrow, and as expected he gave an injury update – but it was hardly good news that the Newcastle manager delivered.
Alan Pardew – delivered disappointing news on injuries
No players will be back for the Premier League game tomorrow afternoon so Mathieu Debuchy, Fabricio Coloccini, Hatem Ben Arfa, Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote will all miss this important game – five players missing.
We had hoped that Cheick and Massadio would be back tomorrow, since last week Alan had said they could even make the game in Lisbon – but we suppose they are not recovering as quickly as expected, from their injuries.
So even though we brough in five new players in January we continue to be plagued by injuries to some of our best players.
This is what Alan said about the injuries:
“We have Debuchy, Ben Arfa, Coloccini, Tiote probably all missing tomorrow, and Massadio, so we are missing four or five really big players, which we have done all year if I’m honest, with the injuries that we’ve had for one reason or another.”
“But I still think we have a good side tomorrow to put on the pitch tomorrow and we are hoping to get a great result for our fans, who have been so patient with us.” “And traveled out to Benfica with us where the display was of the right order but the result not.”
“A win will give us momentum of course, and also into the Sunderland game, which is looming on the horizon for a number of reasons that’s going to be a critical game, so we need to win if we can.” “At this time of the season and the position we are in we need to play our best team.
“And I’ll play my best team on Sunday regardless of resting anybody.”
The coaching staff and medics should really look into why we have had so many injuries this season – something that used to hit Newcastle big time some years ago, when Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder were the Newcastle managers.
Some of it is obviously because of the extra games in Europe and not having a big enough squad, and some of our players are simply playing far too many games.
But it’s not good news about the injuries this afternoon, because almost the same players will need to play tomorrow as played on Thursday night in Lisbon – with only potentially Yoan Gouffran coming into the side.
What do you think?
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