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Bates - Wilko will be fine
Falcons boss confident Wilkinson will return in time for Tigers
Jonny (Wilkinson) got a bang on the head and felt a bit of a stinger down one arm. He seemed fine at the end of the game, but he was a little bit woozy and the doctor has been having a look at him and we think he'll be fine.
Newcastle boss Steve Bates
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Steve Bates says he expects Jonny Wilkinson to recover from the neck injury sustained during Newcastle's defeat by London Irish on Sunday in time to face Leicester next week.
The England fly-half played on after receiving lengthy treatment but was forced to leave the field 12 minutes before the final whistle as the Falcons slumped to a 13-8 loss at Kingston Park.
"Jonny got a bang on the head and felt a bit of a stinger down one arm," the Falcons boss explained.
"He seemed fine at the end of the game, but he was a little bit woozy and the doctor has been having a look at him and we think he'll be fine."
England duo Toby Flood and Jamie Noon, who missed the match with ankle injuries, are also expected to make a return for the clash with Saturday's EDF Energy Cup runners-up.
The coach also spoke of his disappointment with Sunday's result - the sixth consecutive defeat for the Falcons, who are yet to win a league match under the Bates.
Despite reaching the European Challenge Cup semi-finals, Newcastle are currently languishing in the lower echelons of the Guinness Premiership and only guaranteed safety from relegation thanks to Leeds' defeat by Harlequins - also on Sunday.
"That's some consolation," said Bates, "but it was a pretty poor game today and we were very disappointing in the first half and we looked very tired.
"It's a case of two steps forward and one back. We looked a little bit panicky and not comfortable on the ball.
"And while we may have never been out of it, if you looked at the scoreboard that doesn't excuse the level of performance."
London Irish's director of rugby Brian Smith was also disappointed that his Heineken Cup semi-finalists did not take five points from the game.
"We're satisfied with the win but not the performance," he said. "It's a long way up to Newcastle and long way down from the quarter-final against Perpignan.
"We don't have a big squad and we're having to ask people to soldier on and front up.
"We're delighted with the way we're going in the Heineken Cup but we have ambitions in the Premiership to finish in the top six so today was a missed opportunity for us."
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|Friday 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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