Pardew ignored advice not to play Newcastle star and now out with same injury
Alan Pardew admitted he’d played Rolando Aarons against expert advice at Manchester City after being out for two months.
Now it looks as though the Newcastle manager and the rest of us are paying the price, as tests have shown that the winger has damaged the exact same hamstring muscles and will be out for around a month according to estimates.
Rolando Aarons was brought back into the team in the League Cup against Manchester City and lasted until half-time before being subbed, the player saying he felt ‘knackered’. The Newcastle winger looked way off the pace that night but did score the vital opening goal.
Having just returned to training after two months out, it was a major surprise when he appeared, Alan Pardew admitting after the game that he had gone against the expert advice within the club when insisting on playing him.
(Question To Alan Pardew after Man City) Rolando had been out for a while and hadn’t played a reserve game or anything like that, was it a gamble to play him?
“Yes, I was advised not to but he did a little bit yesterday in training that I thought warranted him forty five minutes.”
Aarons was then left on the bench for the following match against Liverpool but was forced into action again when he had to play all but the opening 27 minutes after Obertan got injured.
At the weekend Alan Pardew revealed he’d called a meeting of staff to address what was happening in training and the extra injuries that were occurring, saying that now he was changing certain things. However, the United boss said that the players were being pushed so hard that some ‘casualties’ were inevitable.
The injury to Rolando Aarons is said to be not quite as serious as the previous one but more than a few eyes will be on Alan Pardew as to how he handles the winger’s return this time. Particularly with players such as Siem De Jong and Papiss Cisse being played when not fully match fit (according to Alan Pardew), then ending up missing a lot of matches through injury.
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