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.
“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.