Newcastle v Leicester treatment room
Newcastle v Leicester 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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Failure to win against Leicester City in game week eight and you need to go back to the end of the 19th century for the last time Newcastle failed to secure a victory in any of their opening 8 fixtures [1898/99] – a statistic which just about sums up our current plight.
However, if you do want to take a positive from the past then Newcastle are unbeaten in their last eight games against the Foxes [4 wins / 4 draws].
With a “rejuvenated” Papiss Demba Cisse looking as if he’s getting back to somewhere like full fitness, the Senegalese striker will need to add to his current tally [4 goals in 3 games], although defensively [and surprisingly] Leicester have kept a clean sheet in 50% of their last 16 away matches, although admittedly the majority were played in the Championship.
An early goal – something we haven’t been able to do all season – will help calm the nerves on what promises to be a twitchy afternoon.
Overall the team news has been favourable, when 7-10 days ago we were sweating on a number of potential absences. Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett [both hamstring] have returned to training, while goalkeeper Tim Krul looks to have recovered from a minor elbow problem. Ryan Taylor is closing in on a return but the full-back won’t be risked today – instead Pardew will give his defender game time for the under-21s on Monday. Emmanuel Riviere has been ruled out after picking up a minor knock in training while Sammy Ameobi will face a late fitness after suffering a similar fate –suggestion that the loss of either is a blow further reinforces how bad things really are.
Ayoze Perez or Adam Armstrong will be pushing for their inclusion but one name has already been added to the Newcastle team sheet – Gabriel Obertan – after Pardew took the unusual step of confirming the French winger would start today – good luck to those heading to the game!
Leicester on the other hand are pretty much at full strength and have arguably produced the performance of the season with a 5-3 win over Manchester United, the returning Nigel Pearson should not be underestimated as he’d love to get a result on Tyneside.
Matthew Upson [foot] and Zoumana Bakayoko [ACL] remain long-term absentees but Argentine Esteban Cambiasso has recovered from a minor knock.
Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp both arrived back late from international duty meaning the pair could start the game from the bench – Colo and Willo must be switched on to the threat of Leonardo Ulloa who has hit the ground running with 5 goals already this term!
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