Siem De Jong To Miss Southampton With Two Other Midfielders Also Struggling
News today that Siem De Jong is reportedly out of the Southampton match a week on Saturday, with the midfielder expected to be out of action for at least a couple of weeks and potentially needing a scan to an unspecified injury.
The midfielder only started 16 league matches last season for Ajax due to hamstring problems as well as other ailments, appearing as a sub in three more.
The latest bad news on De Jong hardly reflects well on Alan Pardew who admitted he had played him against Crystal Palace when he wasn’t fully match fit. Maybe also an illustration of Mike Ashley’s transfer gambling that we have seen in the past, picking up players on the relative cheap who have had injury problems.
This latest bad news is on top of Jack Colback been sent home by England with a bad knock to his calf, leaving him struggling to make Southampton also.
As for Cheick Tiote, who knows?
Many fans thought his absence so far was down to him carrying a for sale sign around, but who knows the real story?
Even if Tiote is no longer carrying an ‘injury’, it would be asking a lot for him to suddenly play a competitive match at Southampton which would be his first since the World Cup.
Never mind though, Pardew and others at the club have assured us that there has never been a stronger squad than now at Newcastle United in recent times…
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