Newcastle Injury News – Updates On Six Players
There is Newcastle injury news on six players ahead of the trip to the south coast.
Alan Pardew gave a rundown on his squad at the pre-Southampton press conference and there was little good news, apart from Jack Colback being up for selection, though the player had already announced he was available.
The manager claimed it was double bad news on the international front, because as well as Rolando Aarons returning with a hamstring injury. The Newcastle boss also claimed that Cheick Tiote would be a substitute at best, after playing two full matches on international duty.
(Pardew) “Hopefully he is okay.
“I wouldn’t have thought Cheick will be available to start, not after not having a game (for Newcastle this season) then playing two 90 minute games for his country, but he’ll certainly be in the squad if he’s fit, for sure.
“I think it is important because what Cheick gives us is a winning mentality, sometimes that overspills a bit in the odd tackle and yellow card here and there, but his focus is to win games and that drive from midfield is probably the strength of this team.
On Thursday declared himself fit and available for selection at Southampton.
(Pardew)”He is injured, he has hurt his hamstring coming back from England.
“We are disappointed with that because of course he was flying and we are going to have to try and prepare him now to get him back into the training group, but that is another blow to us this week.”
Siem De Jong
(Pardew) “It is difficult to assess really as I think it is whether he has an operation on the injury, which we will probably determine this week, though I would suggest that he certainly won’t be back for about three months. After that, it could be any time really.”
(Pardew) “He has a deficiency in the muscle on that side where he had the operation and that is just a process of building it up.
“He is working hard to get ‘training fit’ really, then we need to take it from there, but I don’t think he’s too far away. I would suggest that he’d be training with us in the next couple of weeks.”
Despite hardly been sighted, the on-loan striker has apparently picked up a mysterious injury in training.
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