Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is hoping this week’s lack of a game will help his injury list ease a little.
Newcastle won’t have a game this weekend as they are no longer in the FA Cup, so have a two week break for Pardew to rest his weary squad.
Pardew has given the players a 5 day break and hopes players like Nile Ranger, Stephen Ireland, Joey Barton, Jona Gutierrez and Jose Enrique can use the break to shake off knocks and return to full fitness.
Speaking to the clubs official website Pardew said, “Life could be better because the injury front is not looking too good this week.
“But we’ve got a chance of having a physical and mental rest, and then will start for Stoke on Monday, when I hope to have a couple more bodies around me.”
Pardew also hopes he can pick his team for Stoke a few days before the game, rather than wait to see who can walk come the weekend.
He said, “We will just have to wait and see really (on the injured players). By Wednesday of next week I really need to know whether people are going to train on Thursday.
“I am going to pick the team on Thursday. In recent weeks we have been trying to get players through Thursday and Friday to be able to play on Saturday, and it hasn’t worked for us.
“So we will now nail our team down on Thursday morning and go with it, whatever it is.”