Steve McClaren has revealed that Siem de Jong ended up in hospital this week.

The United Head Coach saying that the Dutch midfielder suffered an eye injury on Wednesday in training which saw him rushed to hospital, McClaren saying that it ‘looked very serious’,

Siem De Jong was poked in the eye and had blood gushing from his eye socket according to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, with the player set to miss the next week or two at least.

Steve McClaren:

“Siem sustained an eye injury on Wednesday. It looked very serious, he was in hospital and will be out for one or two weeks.”

The Newcastle boss has also confirmed that the rumours surrounding Cheick Tiote are true.


“There’s been an approach from a Chinese team and Cheick is currently on his way to meet them. Nothing has been finalised.”

Newcastle’s preferred media partner, The Mirror, reported on Thursday night that their information was that United had agreed to sell the midfielder to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

The report going on to say that the Chinese club had also agreed a three year contract with the 29 year Ivory Coast international, claiming that the contract will see Cheick Tiote receiving £70,000 a week, which they say is £10,000 more than he’s on at St James Park.

The Mirrow also claimed that Steve McClaren would have liked to keep hold of the former FC Twente player but the Head Coach accepted he had to be sold to help fund the purchases of Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey.