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Loanee set to take advantage of midfield absentees

Newcastle United midfielder Stephen Ireland says he doesn’t want to let anyone down ahead of potentially making his debut this weekend against Everton.

Ireland is currently on loan from Aston Villa, following an indifferent few months of form in the Midlands, and he is now looking to reignite his career.

A knee injury has sidelined Ireland so far in his loan spell at Newcastle but he could make his debut this weekend after Ryan Taylor was sent off last weekend.

Joey Barton is also struggling with a thigh injury, boosting Ireland's chances of making his debut on Saturday.

"I'm really ready to go, give it my best shot and have a good go at getting the team high up the table," Ireland told the Independent.

"The manager's worked hard to get me, and I'm definitely going to repay him for his efforts.

“I don't want to let him or my team-mates down if I get my chance. First and foremost, I want to work hard for my team-mates."

Ireland joined Newcastle in January and will now try to force his way into the squad for games at home to Everton and away to Stoke.

"I always thought it was a brilliant place to come, and that the fans were appreciative of the players," he added.

"I've had a walk around the city, and the people here are so nice and polite. They come up and shake your hand, and say, 'All the best here'.

“It is nice, and I've got a good feeling for the place. I've felt settled really fast."

Ireland is rated by the Castrol Rankings as the 1734th best player currently plying his trade in one of the top five leagues in Europe.

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