John Carver has delivered two bits of welcome news today, the caretaker boss revealing that both Siem De Jong had trained this morning, the first time since their respective thigh and broken toe injuries.
Carver added that Abeid is more advanced in his recovery than the Dutch midfielder, which probably puts the news into context.
While we are all desperate for positive news, Mehdi Abeid had to drop out of any involvement in the African Cup of Nations which finishes on February 8, so it is surely at least next month before any chance of seeing the Algerian midfielder back playing. Whilst as Carver says, Siem De Jong will be even longer.
Alan Pardew’s former assistant also told today’s press conference that Gabriel Obertan should be back joining in with the other players in a couple of weeks, though the local press reported this morning that March would be the earliest he could be back playing.
“Siem de Jong and Mehdi Abeid trained for the first time today -Mehdi is further ahead than Siem.
“Gabriel Obertan is around two weeks away from joining in with the team – he is in great condition and has worked really hard.”