A bit of positive news at last for Newcastle ahead of the match at West Ham a week on Monday.

Alex Song has been ruled out until October at the earliest and so will miss the United games amongst others.

Co-owner of the Hammers, David Gold, used Twitter to release the news, saying:

“I’m hoping Song will be available in October.”

This news follows three negatives against Newcastle in advance of what United fans hope will b ethe first league win of the season.

Firstly, Aleksandar Mitrovic picked up a red card that rules him out of the match on 14 September.

Secondly, Mark Noble was sent off on the same day at Anfield but has had a successful appeal against the decision and will be available.

Thirdly, Andy Carroll is back in training and will be available to face his old club.

Even if it is coming off the bench, Carroll isn’t the kind of striker you fancy Newcastle facing after the goals conceded from crosses so far.

United were no doubt relieved that Giroud was left out of Arsenal’s team last Saturday, whilst Man Utd lined up with Wayne Rooney as their central striker in the previous match.

Newcastle struggled against both Southampton’s Pelle on the opening day and then when facing Bafetimbi Gomis, though ironically it was 5ft 9 winger Andre Ayew who outjumped Fabricio Coloccini for Swansea’s second goal.

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