Date:Friday March 24 2006
Apparently Glenn Roeder has had a clear-the-air talk with Albert Luque - but the Spanish striker is still not in the Newcastle United squad for Sunday's game.
Luque's advisors and representatives, including his father, travelled to St James' Park yesterday for a meeting with Freddy Shepherd and Roeder. This comes after the 28-year-old, £9.5m striker, who has only started eight games since moving to St James' Park, has been left out of recent Roeder squads.
Roeder: 'Both sides put their cards on the table and we had what can only be described as a positive meeting. Albert's complaint is that in his own words he has not had enough minutes on the field.
'He has admitted that as a result his confidence is low because he got off to the worst possible start with a hamstring injury which our physio Derek Wright says was as badly torn as he has ever seen. But what Albert has got to show me is that he is self-motivated and that he is physically fit to start although he admits he is not at this stage yet.
'That's why in the next couple of weeks we may see Albert in the reserves and I may organise some practice matches just for him.
'But he has assured me that because people in Spain are asking him what is happening over here he wants to stay with us and become a success.'
But rumours from Newcastle suggest they would gladly let the player go if they can get back £9.5m.
Newcastle v Sunderland: The Tyne-Wear Line-Ups (Sunday December 21 2014)
Pardew - Newcastle To Bounce Back (Saturday December 20 2014)
Pardew Confident Of Aarons Signature (Friday December 19 2014)
Pardew Happy With Pre Sunderland Injury News (Friday December 19 2014)
Pardew Backs Alnwick Ahead Of Sunderland (Friday December 19 2014)
NUFC Fixture Changes For TV (Friday December 19 2014)
NUFC Influence Growing At Rangers (Friday December 19 2014)
Newcastle Upon Clyde (Friday December 19 2014)
John Alder's NUFC Collection To Be Auctioned (Thursday December 18 2014)
Pardew - We Can't Let The Fans Down Again (Thursday December 18 2014)
|12. Aston Villa||17||5||5||7||-10||20|
|Newcastle v Sunderland: The Tyne-Wear Line-Ups
» Newcastle : 21/12/2014 12:44:00
|Pardew In Confident Mood
» Sunderland : 21/12/2014 08:04:00
|Kevin Phillips Backs Sunderland For A Win.
» Sunderland : 21/12/2014 07:48:00
|Newcastle vs Sunderland... Draw Likely?
» Sunderland : 21/12/2014 07:13:00
|Harry Hails Hatrick Hero
» Q.P.R. : 20/12/2014 23:12:00