Newcastle United injury crisis prompts training rethink

PLANS ... Alan Pardew.
PLANS ... Alan Pardew.
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ALAN Pardew is looking to ease the workload on his Newcastle United players – after rash of training-ground injuries, writes Miles Starforth.

Pardew feels his players are fitter than stronger thanks to an intensive regime behind the scenes.

But United’s manager feels some have been “pushed to the limit”.

Steven Taylor and Rolando Aarons suffered injuries ahead of last weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

And Pardew held a meeting with his backroom staff on the morning of the club’s visit to The Hawthorns, which Newcastle won 2-0 to move up to eighth place in the Premier League.

“We suffered two injuries in training, and I was a little bit disappointed with that,” said Pardew, whose side take on Queens Park Rangers at St James’s Park on Saturday.

“I met my staff, and we are going to change one or two things. We are pushing these players to the limit.

“We’re trying to get the maximum we can out of them, and if you do that, you are going to lose players here and there.

“The other players, you can tell, are really super-fit, and we’re strong. We still need a few more bodies back.

“As a group, we have to make sure we protect the players and give them the best possible chance to be at their maximum on a Saturday.

“We’re pushing the players, and we’re going to get injuries.

“We’re pushing them because we want them to be fitter and stronger than everybody else, and so you’ve got a balance there.

“We’ve just got to make sure we get that right, because we lost one or two that perhaps we shouldn’t have.”

Asked what he would change, Pardew added: “Just one or two things to make sure that we protect one or two individuals.

“Every player has a different set of circumstances, and we have got to take care of that.”

Those players not involved in internationals have enjoyed a “breather” after a gruelling run of league and cup games.

Pardew added: “We can take a breather, it has been terrific, and now we start again.”