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Enrique To Be Ready For Portsmouth Game

Newcastle’s only specialist left-back, Jose Enrique has targeted the home visit of Portsmouth, on Monday evening, April 27th, which has a local 8:00 pm kick-off time.


Jose Enrique – bwill be back fit a week come Monday

By the Portsmouth game, we should have most of our players back from injury, with Viduka and Barton hopefully returning to full training some time this week.

The only player unlikely to be fit by then is Uruguayan Ignacio Gonzales, who has been out with an Achilles injury for over 7 months now. The 26 year-old has been a complete waste of money for Newcastle this season, and he’s appeared just twice and never started for the Magpies.

Of course it’s not his fault, but certainly not a good deal for the club, to have somebody on loan from Valencia CF, who is injured all season. There should have been a clause in the contract to cancel the deal if he suffered a long-term injury. Something else the upper echelons at the Newcastle club will hopefully learn from this season.

Jose Enrique missed last weekend’s draw at Stoke with a knee injury picked up in training, and Alan Shearer elected to play only three at the back for the first time this season, in his absence.

Enrique will miss Sunday’s trip to Tottenham, which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 in the UK, and on Setanta Sports here in the USA.

Enrique told the Newcastle official site today:

“This was a bad time to get injured because the team needs every player,” the Spaniard told Newcastle’s official website. “But now I hope to be back for maybe the Portsmouth game.”

“For me it is disappointing because before I got injured I was playing well and had confidence.” “But now I have to get fit for the remaining games and get back to the way I was playing.”

And Jose seems happy enough to have Shearer as the new manager, and Alan has toughened up a little on the discip[line, and we know all players will be only to aware of who the boss is on Tyneside.

Jose added:

“He has come in and brought many rules and I think that is good because the team need discipline,”

These comments are much like what Jose said to Newcastle TV last week, and the lad comes across really well, and you can hear how determined he is for the club to survive this season, and that’s good to hear from the 23 year-old Spaniard.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #1

    It will have to be:




  • lesh

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Great news to have a recognise left back. Obviously Wise must’ve overlooked him when shipping players out!

    The fact that Jose’s Newcastle’s only specialist left-back is a sad indictment of the reign of Wise – despite the clamour to sign others for that role as well as others.


    Apr 14, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah wise was awfull at newcastle, he got paid to make sure we have adequate players in positions and to negotiate players fee’s etc..

    Wise signings – Collocini, xisco
    Kinnear/wise – ryan taylor, Nolan
    Keegan signings – bassong, Guthrie

    Now you look at those and the only players worth while are the keegan ones!

  • MarkO

    Apr 14, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4


    Bassong and Gutierrez were Wise’s signing Keegan did almost nothing all summer then has the nerve to complain Keegan is a joke.


    Apr 14, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #5

    MARK O – bassong himself said keegan signed him, keegan was very good friends with his Agent who sent him here for a trail.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 14, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #6


    Bassong saying KK signed him means nothing. Bassong would have been recommended to KK and he would have gone over to watch him.
    Stop with the KK worship, we don’t know who signed who so stop pretending to.

  • Girth

    Apr 14, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #7

    christ sake man lads, we no nothing of who signed who!! Give it a rest man and stop living in the past!

  • roscoe

    Apr 14, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #8



  • batty

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #9

    MarkO dick head

  • batty

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Dragonera so your calling bassong a lyer u cockney cont

  • batty

    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #11

    MarkO are you wises rent boy

  • Sav

    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Look on the bright side, Ed – At least ‘Nacho’ didn’t have one of those annoying ‘Nice to Look and nice to Hold but if it Breaks we Consider it SOLD!’ signs pinned to his vest and at the end of the year we can at least send him packing.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #13

    WELSHMAG // Apr 14, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    MARK O – bassong himself said keegan signed him, keegan was very good friends with his Agent who sent him here for a trail.


    If you believe that you’ll believe anything.

    Anyway, back to the article.

    Very disappointing not to have Enrique ready and be part of the annual downing of the Spuds.

  • Macas35

    Apr 15, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Why on earth would Bassong lie about how he was signed? Some very bizarre comments on here!

  • workyticket

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Macas35 // Apr 15, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    “Why on earth would Bassong lie about how he was signed? Some very bizarre comments on here!”

    Macas, Bassong was offered for trial at the club because Metz were relegated. Both Keegan and Wise agreed that he had potential when they saw him on trial, so Wise signed him up. There’s no great mystery about what happened.

  • Macas35

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    workyticket – I know it’s no mystery, he told us himself how he came to be signed by the club, just find it a little strange that some on here claim that to be untrue, although I suspect that its more to do with anti-Keegan feelings than anything else

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    There is no chance Keegan knew his agent.

    They is a chance Wise told Keegan about Bassong and gave Keegan, Bass’ agent’s number. That was probably the first Bass knew abou it too.

  • Macas35

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #18

    And why is there no chance?? Keegan had been out the game a few years but would still have contacts and people he knew from the game! Truth is you don’t know, you’re just speculating.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19

    And neither do you, you are just using it try try and support pathetics arguements that Keegan didn’t bottle it and was actually beneficial for us this season.

  • Macas35

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m not supporting Keegan at all, but Bassong has said that Keegan was friends with his agent, so why on earth would he lie?? All I’m going on is what the lad actually said, and I would find it incredibly bizarre he was making it up. I’m just pleased we signed the lad regardless of how it happened, but trying to over analyse what Bassong said and twist it round so Keegan didnt know his agent is just a bit odd in my book.


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