Aston Villa v Newcastle Treatment Room
We are proud to bring you the Aston Villa v Newcastle 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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Of course I jest, last weekend’s opening game had its moments and but for the thickness of a rizla paper, Ayoze Perez may have snatched a dramatic late equaliser before City went up the other end and condemned us to an opening day defeat.
Alas, we shall move forward and Villa Park has proved to be a very happy hunting ground in recent times, with Newcastle collecting 13 out of a possible 15 points from our last 5 visits.
Ahead of the game, Paul Lambert confirmed that summer signing Joe Cole is in line to make his competitive debut for Aston Villa following his recovery from a thigh injury; a player who *apparently* is still capable of holding his own –
“He is a big asset to us. Joe has won everything in the game. He is a top pro and a top guy, but he can also play a pass. He is very intelligent and if you can keep him fit you have a right top player” –
Although I expect Cole to be amongst the substitutes given his current lack of match-fitness and having played just 75 minutes for the Under-21s in over a month.
Defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez could start however following his arrival this week from Spanish Primera Division side Elche for a smidgeon under £4 million; the Colombian is known for his tough tackling no-nonsense approach to play and his presence as a spoiler is a concern with the lightweight Remy Cabella still adjusting to the physicality’s of the Premiership.
Old boy Charles N’Zogbia returned last week having spent over a year on the sidelines due to an Achilles problem but was disappointing during the win over Stoke, while Tim Krul will be re-united with international teammate Ron Vlaar whose performances were lauded throughout the World Cup. Christian Benteke is progressing well but is a month or two away and Libor Kozak is still recovering from a broken leg.
Remy Cabella is hoping to build upon his solid start; the forward thinking midfielder created three goal scoring opportunities last Sunday – more than any of his teammates – and is keen to add an end product to his attacking play.
Siem de Jong (calf) “has trained all week” but where common sense would normally prevail and introduce the Dutchman from the bench, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 60-70 minute run out. Cheick Tiote (hamstring) is at least a week away having started running but bad news regarding Davide Santon, who has now been ruled out until November.
A further assessment of his knee revealed “A little bit more damage than we thought.” Papiss Demba Cisse (fractured patella) is progressing well with Ryan Taylor targeting a return in September. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is close following his late injury last weekend.
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