West Brom v Newcastle injury news – The Treatment Room
West Brom v Newcastle injury news from the 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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Alan Pardew confirmed this week that Gabriel Obertan is expected to be out for a “long time”, although the Newcastle manager failed to give any definitive timescale on his likely return.
Recent reports have suggested anything between 2-6 months, although rehabilitation following surgical intervention for a grade three rupture is typically 12-14 weeks. The French winger has excelled since his recall and will be a miss – based on recent performances – his four Premier starts [3W D1] coincided with our upturn in league form.
In Rolando Aarons we have a ready-made replacement but the youngster is not only lacking match-fitness following his recent hamstring problem but the England under-20 international has also picked up a “knock” in training, making his appearance very doubtful.
Historically, Newcastle have fared well against West Brom, losing only 3 of their last 16 Premier League clashes. While Papiss Cisse has a particular penchant for scoring against the Baggies – 3 goals in 4 appearances – but the Senegalese striker won’t be fully fit if he does make the squad; “We’ll hopefully patch him up,” as he continues to manage an ongoing knee issue.
Mike Williamson is back in training but given his record this season – 7 games [4D L3] –I’d prefer if the defender remained on the sidelines for a little longer. Cheick Tiote [calf] will be out for, “another two weeks [at least],” but should return before the end of the month – Siem de Jong, Davide Santon and Curtis Good are long-term absentees, while doctors have revealed Jonas Gutierrez could return to training in December.
West Brom had the luxury of 25 squad members for a training session on Wednesday although Silvestre Varela [groin] and Jonas Olsson [Achilles] won’t be considered due to their lack of fitness. With Georgios Samaras likely to remain on the bench as the Greek striker struggles to find his feet since his summer move.
Sabastien Pocognoli [thigh] will be available after a post-match assessments last weekend revealed nothing more sinister than cramp.
Leading scorer Saido Berahino will be itching to add to his 7 Premier League goals already this term, the striker will be brimming with confidence following his England call-up on Thursday.
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