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Injury updates re Joey and Ireland and a bit of transfer speculation

Posted on March 8th, 2011 | 4 Comments |

Not coming to the Toon IMHO
Jermainne Lens? Nah!
Some injury news about Joey and Stephen Ireland. A complete lack of injury news about Jonas. Oh, and more transfer speculation.

There isn’t a huge amount of news around this morning and I can’t do my thinking posts until I’ve had least 2 meals, so I thought I’d sum up bits of this and that

There’s good and bad news on the injury front.

Joey and Stephen Ireland look good for Stoke but Jose seems to be a doubt. Pardew said:

Ireland trained Thursday, and looked like he was going to be OK, and then got the thigh injury which kept him out of training on Friday.

Joey actually trained Friday thinking that he’d be OK, but again didn’t feel quite right.

I don’t think there’ll be a problem for Joey and Stephen against Stoke.

We’ll wait and see with Jose. He’s a key player for us, and that injury affected us more than any other one.

I know Joey’s had issues in the past and we’ve sometimes given him some grief, but two names I like to see on the team sheet are Barton and Tiote. It kind of gives me that extra boost of confidence as we go into a game.

I can’t find anything at all on Jonas beyond the fact the he supposedly picked up an injury on Saturday. We’ll just have to wait and see on that.

As you know, I do sometimes report transfer speculation without taking it too seriously, but if the Mirror is to be believed then we’re after PSV Eindhoven’s Jeremain Lens. It may just be my dreadful memory but wasn’t there something about him being ‘linked’ a year or so ago?

One thing that isn’t true is our alleged interest in Roma’s John Arne Riise. Pardew simply said:

It’s not true – absolutely not true.

So that’s told us!

Now I know I ramble and I’m really trying not to (there are support groups I’ve joined), but I heard a horrific story that I fealt I’d share. As you know, my knee is playing up, so I’ve been investigating various things about it and some chap told me a story that astounded me. He went to one hospital and they didn’t scan or anything but the consultant said to him in all seriousness: “If it helps with the pain I can take your leg off above the knee”.

He went to another hospital, had his knee fixed and has been fine since. I suppose the moral of the story is to always get a second opinion.

Although that never works with the wife and that old classic about “does this dress make my bum look big?” and us poor blokes can never answer that one correctly. We’re either dishonest or insulting. I tried to explain to the wife that it’s less about the dress and more about the bum, but that didn’t make me popular.

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen I'm a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called 'scrumpy'. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he's not worth 10). Hugh de Payen has written 634 articles on this blog.

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4 Responses

  1. Personally love the touch of personality that your topic changes bring to the blog.
    I hope wor joey is negotiating a new contract with all this extra time on his hands. The way the lad commands the field, he would make a half decent captain.

  2. “Personally love the touch of personality that your topic changes bring to the blog”

    Dont Ryan you’ll only encourage him to waffle on about the times he spent wondering if there was a Dog or not :)

    BTW Its good to see Arsenal have given up winning trophies for Lent :)

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