Manager Alan Pardew was upbeat during his news conference today for the West Ham game on Saturday afternoon and as well as four players returning to training – Coloccini, Tiote, Steven Taylor and Riviere – there was also good news on the status of Rolando Aarons and Ryan Taylor.
Rolando Aarons – back next week to training
This is what Alan said to the press today about Rolando and Ryan:
“Rolando Aarons is not quite ready, but I think he’ll be around for next week.” It’s a big week in the Premier League – three Premier League games in seven days – so it’s an important spell to have all your players around.¨
“It is a boost because we’ve had a terrible run of injuries and kept the winning run going so it’s testament to the squad – the players have been phenomenal in this spell, and even on the training ground this week it’s really difficult to calm them down.¨
“They’re really on fire, they’re enjoying their football and you can see it, so we should be in a good place for Saturday.” “We think he’ll be back training in three to four weeks so it’s really good news for Ryan, really good news for us, and good news for our fans because they were all upset, as we were, with his withdrawal last week”
“But it wasn’t as bad as we’d feared, so that’s some positive news.¨ “Ryan had worked so hard to come back from the cruciates and the broken leg he’s had during his career, and you don’t want him to suffer another major injury.¨
¨But there’s no bad news there – that’s all good news.”
That’s good news on both players – and particularly good news on 30 year-old Ryan Taylor, who was the best player on the field for the first 30 minutes last Saturday, before he had to leave the pitch.
Ryan Taylor injured last Saturday – back in a matter of weeks
There was also news yesterday that Siem de Jong has returned to training, so soon we could have two set piece specialists – Ryan Taylor and Siem de Jong – available, and that’s a threat we haven’t had since Yohan Cabaye left the club last January.
Things are continuing to look up at Newcastle at the moment. 😀
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