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Pardew Sees Options Opening Up

8 years ago

The squad was looking a bit threadbare on Saturday but Alan Pardew could be looking at his options increasing with players back in contention.

Fabricio Coloccini serves the last match of his three game suspension at Southampton on Sunday but seems a certainty to hopefully help ensure Newcastle go make sure of their progress into the knock out stages of the Europa League on Thursday.

While Papiss Cisse is now released from the intervention of Senegal and the five day rule following internationals.

While the biggest bonus is probably Jonas Gutierrez back available this week after what looked a nasty injury against West Ham that had rumours of a longer term absence.

Jonas’ energy looks badly missed when you consider how sluggish Newcastle were at times to track back against Swansea and Alan Pardew has been talking to the Chronicle about his returning Argentinian winger;

“It was really touch and go with Jonas, we had a tough week and it was a tough call on him.

He had an injury where we could not risk losing him, especially after we’d lost Yohan Cabaye.

We think he’ll be ok for Thursday and hopefully for Southampton on Sunday”.

It must surely be a knocking bet that the manager keeps Jonas for Sunday, while I’d expect Papiss Cisse to get at least some pitch time and hopefully help him get his confidence and goals back.

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