Alan Pardew has released a statement denying that he agreed to omit Loic Remy from Newcastle’s final Premier League game of last season against Liverpool so the striker could avoid injury ahead of the World Cup this summer.

Remy had told French newspaper L’Equipe that he had asked Pardew if he could miss the game at Anfield and not run the risk of getting injured like he did when playing for Marseille ahead of Euro 2012.

The quotes from the striker suggested Pardew agreed to rest him before the World Cup in Brazil this June. Remy is part of the France squad and will compete with the likes of Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema for a starting berth.

Pardew has reacted to the claims though and released the following statement to the Club’s official website:

“Following media reports today (Tuesday, 27th May) 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 therefore 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.”

 

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