Swansea v Newcastle Treatment Room
Swansea 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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After topping the Premier League at the end of August, The Jacks have stuttered slightly, losing two and then drawing one on Wearside last weekend, but there was a comprehensive win over Everton [3-0] in the League Cup sandwiched in-between.
Once again the stats only serve to reinforce our current plight as Newcastle have scored the fewest goals , conceded the most goals  & won the least points  of any ever present side during 2014 with the even more shocking revelation that only one player has scored more goals than Yohan Cabaye  since the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign – Loic Remy. Can it really get much worse?
Well almost, as Alan Pardew slopes off to polish his (Manager of the year 2011/12) trophy and declares the last two performances of [alleged] want away midfielder Cheick Tiote as world class – I’m not really sure which pair of rose-tinted spectacles our Alan was wearing. Or indeed which other world class performances he was using as a yardstick, but faring well on a cold blustery night at Selhurst Park or the Britannia Stadium, is hardly the stuff of a folklore hero – without any disrespect.
No fresh injury concerns for Newcastle who welcome back Mehdi Abeid after serving a one game domestic ban following his sending-off in the Capital One cup. Ryan Taylor [ACL] returned for the development squad midweek while Siem de Jong is still at least two weeks away from losing his crutches after surgery. Rolando Aarons [hamstring] should be next to return for Newcastle but the youngster could still be a month away.
Swansea have lost right back Angel Rangel [suspension], with potential replacement Dwight Tiendalli [groin] still lacking fitness after a return to light training this week, which means Jazz Richards could make his first Premier League appearance in almost three years.
Jordi Amat and Rory Donnelly remain sidelined with midfielder Leon Britton [bruised patella] around six weeks away after a scan confirmed his injury isn’t progressing as hoped.
A tough game in the South of Wales lies in wait, with old boy Wayne Routledge itching to get one over his former employers – could this be the final nail?
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