Robinson: Wes Hoolahan expected to debut next week

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Newcastle Jets coach Carl Robinson is hopeful marquee midfielder Wes Hoolahan will make his long-awaited A-League debut next weekend.

The 43-time Irish international has been absent for almost five months after requiring surgery for ankle ligament damage suffered in Newcastle’s FFA Cup quarter final defeat to Adelaide back in September.

His injury forced Ernie Merrick into a major tactical tweak on the eve of the A-League season and was an early blow in what has been a nightmare campaign for the Novocastrians.

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Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers under new coach Carl Robinson elevated them off the foot of the ladder and the former Welsh international expects Hoolahan to provide his side with a further boost in the near future.

“I know people don’t like to give timelines or deadlines but I’ll say we’re going to try and get Wes in next week if he gets the all clear,” he said.

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“If he doesn’t it will probably be the week after.

“He’s not far away. If we can try and squeeze him in we most certainly will.

“So in the next seven or 14 days this league will see Wes Hoolahan and I’ll be very happy for him.”

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The former Premier League midfielder excited the Jets faithful in pre-season by finding the back of net on his starting debut against Edgeworth Eagles.

Robinson is impressed by the hype that remains surrounding the Irishman who made over 300 appearances for Norwich City.

“He’s itching to play, I’m itching for him to play and the players and supporters are itching for him to play,” he said.

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“I’ve been asked about Wes a number of times this week and it’s great. As soon as he’s ready to play he will play.

“And he’s not even played so imagine when he comes and plays well!”

Newcastle Jets fans will look forward to catching a glimpse of Hoolahan in their upcoming pair of home fixtures against Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory respectively.

Feature image credit: Newcastle Jets FC

 

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