Newcastle United v Manchester United Treatment Room
We are proud to bring you the Newcastle United v Manchester United Treatment Room, the latest in our regular feature where before each match, industry specialist Ben Dinnery brings you all the latest injury news ahead of the game.
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Following on from last week’s ‘unacceptable’ performance down on the South Coast, the last thing fans wanted to hear was Pardew spouting some regurgitated rubbish regarding an ‘injury crisis’.
The problem is Alan it wouldn’t be a crisis if Newcastle had the appropriate investment during the close-season / January transfer window, although granted we will be without a number of key figures for the visit of Manchester United.
News yesterday broke that midfielder Moussa Sissoko could be out for up to a month after his early withdrawal last weekend; the Frenchman revealed he had a grade one hamstring tear and is currently at the National Football Centre in Clairefontaine receiving treatment.
There was also further disappointment with the announcement that Loic Remy will once again be ruled out having previously been confident of a return this weekend. A scan revealed inflammation around the injury site and the club will continue to monitor his rehabilitation before next week’s trip to Stoke. Tim Krul (knee) and Mathieu Debuchy (groin) remain out.
Dan Gosling is reported to be back in contention with England U17 starlet Adam Armstrong in line to make his home debut to top a fantastic week for the young forward.
An opportunity to blood some of our younger players is definitely the way to go in the remaining six fixtures in my opinion; our season effectively finished some weeks ago with Pardew citing a possible ‘lack of motivation’ as the reason for a number of shambolic performances in recent times.
Just which side David Moyes will bring to Tyneside remains to be seen, the Red Devils travel to Munich on Wednesday and with one eye on a potential Champions League semi-final spot, Manchester United may be inclined to rest players ahead of the trip to SJP.
On the injury front Chris Smalling (hamstring) and Jonny Evans (calf) are “on their way back” so could be in contention with full-back Alexander Buttner (hamstring) facing a late fitness test.
Ryan Giggs is out after picking up a groin injury midweek with Antonio Valencia managing an ongoing knee tendinitis issue. Rafael (hamstring) is a concern despite declaring his fitness last Monday and of course Robin van Persie (knee) is still sidelined.
On Saturday we will be hoping to secure our first league double over Manchester United since 1931, the key of which could be down to our ability to be able to subdue the threat of Wayne Rooney who has scored ten times in his career against us …..!
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