NUFC ‘Target’ Andy Carroll Could Be Out For Months As Siem De Jong Misses Training With Foot Injury
Siem De Jong missed Newcastle’s latest training session ahead of Saturday’s match due to a foot injury, though it’s unknown whether this was just a precaution or something to worry about.
On the other hand, following news that Andy Carroll was missing West Ham’s friendlies in New Zealand due to an ankle problem, the supposed Newcastle target is reported to be on his way to America for a possible operation and could miss the next few months.
The Geordie (occasional) striker’s teammates at West Ham went down 2-1 to Wellington Phoenix, Newcastle’s next opponents, but Alan Pardew told the New Zealand media that he’d missed seeing the game due to being on ‘a corporate night out’.
Pardew speculated that West Ham’s loss could have been down to fatigue as he looked forward to the second leg of United’s trip down under.
“West Ham have got some fantastic players but you never know in pre season what they did before, they may have been fatigued or whatever.
“We worked hard today but we will have a lighter day tomorrow, so we should be in a good shape for Saturday – no excuses from us.
“The most important thing is that the game is played in a sensible manner and nobody gets injured. Second part is that it is competitive and that teams are here to win, Wellington Phoenix will try to do that and so will we – you have got to build a winning habit.
“If I was to pitch the side that I see at Sydney and their manager Graham (Arnold), who is a good manager, I would pitch them at Championship level and that is really competitive stuff.”
Not exactly sure how Alan Pardew knows much about Graham Arnold with him having managed only in the Southern hemisphere, while claims that Sydney FC are Championship standard is dubious, even if you accepted they weren’t at their best against Newcastle.
Newcastle put in a very good professional performance against the Aussies but as is often the case, the Newcastle manager doesn’t know when to stop talking.
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