Alan Pardew had some good news on the injury front today as he said that Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor and Emmanuel Riviere were all back in training this week and could be available for the match at West Ham on Saturday.
Fabricio Coloccini – back in training
Pardew had said after the 1-0 home win against QPR earlier this week, that he expected some injured players would be back this week, but we didn’t know who they were.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say today at his press conference about the injuries – and it also seems that Ryan Taylor will be back in a matter of weeks and that the injury is not as bad as first thought.
“Coloccini, Tiote, Steven Taylor and Riviere are back on the training pitch. Rolando should be around for next week.”
“We’ve had a terrible run of injuries but have kept the winning run going and that is testament to the squad.”
“We expect Ryan Taylor to be back training in three or four weeks. It’s not as bad as we first feared.”
That’s great news on Ryan Taylor – and when he had to leave the pitch after 30 minutes of the QPR game, there was some trepidation that it could be another serious knee injury – but that’s not the case.
And if Fabricio Coloccini is fit he could come straight back in and partner big Mike Williamson at the back, and we think Mike will play to combat the heading threat of Andy Carroll.
And it seems that Rolando Aarons will be ready to come back into training next week – so that’s more good news.
It’s good timing these players are coming back at this time, because we have lots of games to play in December – in fact we have 9 games to play by January 1st – so that’s 9 games in about 33 days – starting on Saturday in east London.
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