Steve McClaren has been questioned about the availability of Seydou Doumbia and two other players ahead of Saturday’s match with West Brom.
Paul Dummett and Chancel Mbemba were forced off through injury on Wednesday night and the United Head Coach says that he will have to wait and see with both players.
Certainly the way that Mbemba limped off, it would be a major surprise if he plays any part on Saturday.
As for Paul Dummett, with Newcastle having tried to bring in Jose Enrique until the end of the season, you have to wonder whether Dummett was rushed back too early for last night’s match, with no obvious alternative to play at left-back.
Speaking about injured players in general at Newcastle, and I assume not specifically about Mbemba and Dummett, McClaren says that this is a time when players need to want to play even if they are injured/carrying a knock.
The Newcastle boss saying that his players have to see every remaining game as like a cup final, with him wanting every player to ask themselves, if it was a cup final would they be playing regardless of any injury they were carrying?
As for Seydou Doumbia, it doesn’t sound like we will be seeing him starting a match any time soon.
Steve McClaren revealed that up to Wednesday night the 28 year old striker hadn’t even started training with the rest of the players, which then makes it all very strange as to why he was on the bench at Goodison Park…
McClaren says he has to assess the forward before he will have any idea as to how long it will be before Seydou Doumbia is ready to start a game. Pointing out that it is over eight weeks since he played a match.
Steve McClaren speaking to NUFC TV:
‘Chancel Mbemba and Paul Dummett, could you be losing those two for the weekend?’
“Yeah…emmm, we’ll have to wait and see.
“You know this is where players need to get through things, sometimes play with little knocks and injuries.
“We kind of saying we have got 14 games – they are like 14 cup finals and would you play in a cup final?
“That is what we need on Saturday, we need a reaction.”
‘Seydou Doumbia, could he come into contention, he was on the bench but didn’t get on against Everton?’
“No, I think it’s…he’s not trained with the group and we have to assess him. I don’t think he has played since December (last game was 8 December CSKA Moscow v PSV), he has been training but we have to assess him and wait to see.
“You can get a couple of results in a week and fly up the league.
“You know, we have got the ability, we have got the talent within the squad – we need to apply ourselves in every minute of every game.”