Liverpool v Newcastle Treatment Room
We are proud to bring you the Liverpool v Newcastle Treatment Room, the latest in our regular feature where before each match, industry specialist Ben Dinnery brings you all the latest injury news ahead of the game.
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Newcastle travel to Anfield on Sunday for their final league game of the 2013/14 season in what essentially is a dead rubber match-up, after Liverpool blew a three goal lead at Selhurst Park on Monday, to all but hand the Premier League title to rivals Manchester City.
Not one of our happier hunting grounds, Newcastle have failed to win in their last 18 attempts; drawing 3 and losing the remaining 15.
However, what history will tell us is that supporters should be in for a very entertaining game. The clubs have shared a total of 126 goals between them in the Premiership; the joint most of any Premier League fixture & one that looks set to continue with the attacking prowess of Daniel Sturridge and Player of the Year Luis Suarez. The duo have scored 60 goals so far this term, hitting the net moretimes than 75 per cent of the teams within the top flight.
For Liverpool, former Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson will once again be available having served a three match suspension, but former Toon full-back Jose Enrique is expected to remain sidelined. The Spanish defender has been out since November with a knee injury & despite a return to training, Enrique is way short of match-fitness.
Mixed news for Newcastle, as the club announced striker Papiss Cisse had successfully undergone surgery on his fractured patella; an injury which is likely to keep him out until at least September. However, there was better news concerning Davide Santon (hamstring) and Sammy Ameobi (ankle), the pair were pictured on Friday training with the squad ahead of the game, but after an extended spell out it’s unlikely either will feature from the start if at all.
Ryan Taylor has returned to light training; ‘over-the-wall’ can hopefully put his disappointment of the previous 20 months firmly behind him & complete a solid pre-season in time for August.
With a summer of expectant change ahead of us, I’ll be glad to wave off this campaign & start afresh with renewed vigour come the summer.
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