Pardew rejects Remy reports
Alan Pardew has quashed speculation that he agreed with Loic Remy not to select him for Newcastle's final Premier League game against Liverpool.
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The Newcastle manager issued a statement via the club's official website on Tuesday insisting Remy, who spent the season on loan at St James' Park from QPR, was left out because he had an ankle injury.
The Magpies ended their season with a 2-1 defeat at Anfield, meaning they concluded the campaign in 10th place after a positive start gave way to struggles in the later stages.
Pardew said: "Following media reports concerning my player selection for our final game of the season against Liverpool, any suggestion that I colluded and agreed with our loan striker, Loic Remy, that he did not have to play in this game are wholly untrue.
"To suggest that I considered there to be nothing riding on that game is also completely false.
"Our final league position was at stake, as was the race for the Barclays Premier League title for our opponents, Liverpool.
"What is more, each and every one of us associated with the club was desperate to get a result for our supporters, especially those 2,800 travelling fans who made the journey to Anfield that day.
"The reality was that Loic had sustained an ankle injury in our game against Cardiff the previous week. The results of an MRI scan conducted after that fixture revealed ligament damage and swelling around the joint.
"It was a result of this injury, and the fact that Loic was unable therfore to complete any training session during the week leading up to the Liverpool game, that meant he was not fit for selection.
"Had Loic been fit then clearly, without question, he would have been selected to play in what was a crucial game like every other."