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Hard to know what to believe with Alan Pardew and Newcastle injury news

6 years ago
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There is obviously always a lot of scepticism about what is printed in newspapers, that’s nothing new, but it hardly helps when you get such conflicting news from Alan Pardew at the moment – particularly when it comes to Newcastle injury news.

Up to a point you can expect a manager keeping certain things quiet leading up to a match, such as whether a key player is fit/injured etc but what has happened recently is nothing along those lines.

Early yesterday the Shields Gazette published the following quote from Alan Pardew;

“(Rolando) Aarons should be around on Tuesday (Burnley) and the same for Colo – that is what Premier League squads are for.”

I have no reason to doubt that this quote was given to the Gazette because after all, since the Chronicle ban it is they who Newcastle give a daily story to.

However, you then got the following later yesterday published on the official club website;

“Rolando won’t be back until after the Chelsea game.

“We do expect two or three to be back on Saturday, of course Moussa and Jack will return (from suspension), but hopefully Coloccini and maybe a couple more, so we will see.”

It is hard to know exactly what gap there was between the manager making the two conflicting statements but the tone of the second one points to there seemingly never having been any chance of Rolando Aarons or Fabricio Coloccini making the Burnley match.

With Aarons definitely not back until after Chelsea and I would bet the same with Coloccini despite Pardew saying ‘hopefully’, what is the point of leading fans/whoever to believe the players were going to be playing?

It has hardly confused Sean Dyche, the preparations for his Burnley team will hardly have been set in stone yesterday morning.

Alan Pardew has gone from saying very little about injuries before matches to seemingly now talking about little else.

His critics will say he is getting his excuses in early and while United obviously do have big problems with injuries, Alan Pardew will hardly get much sympathy if he keeps winding fans up with these conflicting statements.

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