Siem De Jong has made his playing comeback in a behind closed doors match against Carlisle.

The friendly was given no publicity by Newcastle United in advance, much like when Tim Krul made his playing comeback in a behind closed doors match ahead of his return against Chelsea.

siem de jongThe Dutch midfielder got 45 minutes on the pitch today and he was in good spirits afterwards.

Siem De Jong tweeting to his followers;

“Played 45 minutes today in a friendly game! #almostthere”

De Jong actually made a scoring return as his goal helped United beat the visitors 3-1, with youngsters Jonathyn Quinn and Lubo Satka also on the scoresheet.

Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan also got valuable pitch time.

Newcastle fans are desperately hoping that he can make an early return and provide the creativity that is largely missing from United’s play.

An added bonus should be some much needed leadership, with Newcastle’s team not exactly being full of talkers who galvanise the lesser players when the going gets tough.

Last week John Carver gave a schedule for the Newcastle vice-captain’s return to full fitness, stating;

“We need him (Siem De Jong) fully fit though I think he has got to have two or maybe three Under 21 games, then maybe 45 minutes, 70 minutes and then a full game – he is still a little bit off at the moment.”

  • toonintexas

    We have great potential but like the titanic the ships captain was clueless until ashley invests we are rudderless foating tenth or worse no wonder pardew got out I wish him the best carver to

  • No Brainer

    Eh how on earyh can you come up with that

  • Maximus Moose

    Good News from The Soviet Union of Newcastle United

  • Carver for North Korea

    Put an APB out on one Rolando Aarons never seen or heard of since refusing a new contract.

  • NatTurner

    I must be too used to the New Normal at Newcastle United.  6 days left of the transfer window and no serious rumours of incoming reinforcements and MYM just sold and no new manager yet I’m thrilled about De Jong, Abeid, and Obertan getting close to match fitness.  The news made my day.  Not that any of the three are proven world-beaters at the Toon but we definitely could use all three of them back on the pitch.  Abeid and Obertan have been two of the brightest spots of the season and I keep hearing how De Jong can open up defenses.  And last I heard he was out till March!

  • Jarra MIck

    Hang on don’t think for one minute this is good news. I will bet my hoose that they are trying to hurry him back cos Sissouko is off. He is practically begging for one of the “big clubs” to make an offer. We all know that a decent offer means he will be gone, none of this seeing what’s best for the team shenanighans. Our only hope is that no one comes in. Oh and by the way the chances of De Jong playing to the end of the season without a relapse is about as slim as a sports direct wage packet.

  • NufcToon

    Our cheap cabaye is nearly up to speed yippie

  • No Brainer

    You should support your home town team