Newcastle v Chelsea injury news – The Treatment Room
Newcastle v Chelsea 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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Champions elect Chelsea, arrive at St James’ Park today and Jose Mourinho will be hoping for his first PL win in five on Tyneside [2D 2L], while avoiding defeat would see the Blues break a club record of  consecutive competitive games unbeaten.
However, Newcastle do hold the upper hand in this fixture having won the two previous Premier League encounters on our home patch.
Newcastle welcome back Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback who missed out at Turf Moor on Tuesday through suspension, while a number of players will face a late fitness test.
Daryl Janmaat is battling an ongoing hamstring issue – expected to be passed fit- and Mike Williamson remains a doubt, although Alan Pardew will be able to call upon Steven Taylor. While Captain Fabricio Coloccini returned to training on Thursday – however his involvement [certainly from the start] would be a risk in my opinion having recently recovered from a calf strain.
Rolando Aarons [hamstring] was close but it’s my understanding the young England winger will now target the Emirates next weekend for a potential return. Siem de Jong and Davide Santon hope to join the squad in early 2015 – de Jong recently began training outside while Santon will undertake triple fitness sessions to fast track his recovery.
No fresh injury concerns for Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese manager will have leading scorer Diego Costa back amongst the ranks following suspension, which is likely to mean Didier Drogba will return to the bench along with ex-Newcastle loanee Loic Remy.
Gary Cahill has recovered from the head injury which forced his withdrawal against Tottenham – further tests revealed the defender did not suffer from concussion. Nemanja Matic serves a one game ban while Ramires [thigh] and Nathan Ake [hamstring] will be assessed – even if passed fit the best either can hope for is a place on the bench.
The in form Eden Hazard remains a permanent thorn in most sides and the Belgium does love to face the Toon – scoring four goals in three Premier League appearances – keeping the attacking midfielder quiet will be key to our success.
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