Newcastle United have given a return schedule for Siem De Jong, as he continues his comeback from the early season thigh injury that has blighted his first season at St. James’ Park.

The good news is that the Dutch international is on his way back but sadly we are still looking at March before he may be fully fit, with John Carver admitting that De Jong is ‘still a little bit off at the moment’.

siem de jongThe former Ajax man is out in Dubai with the rest of the squad (excluding the Captain Fabricio Coloccini) but Carver says he still needs a few games for the reserves before a gradual easing back into the first team.

John Carver;

“Having him (Siem De Jong), Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi fit again just adds to the group.

“He seems a huge character and a good talker who pops in every morning for a chat – one of the big characters in the dressing room.

“We need him fully fit though and 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.”

The next scheduled competitive under 21 matches are this coming Saturday at Reading, then home to West Brom on February 2 and Arsenal February 9.

Hard to see United sending him all the way to Reading for such a match so unless there are any behind closed doors friendlies arranged, we are definitely looking to mid-February or later when De Jong will be phased back into the first team. Fixtures in February see United play Palace (11 Feb), Man City (21 Feb) and Aston Villa (28 Feb) before a home match with Manchester United on March 4.

Within the current squad, a lot rests on Siem De Jong coming back fully fit AND justifying the pre-season optimism that he was a player who could fill a Yohan Cabaye size hole in the team.

  • Brownale69

    a new signing!!! Next Shola

  • A lex

    If Carver could do just one thing, it is to stop using that word ‘group’! A Pardewism that annoys the hell out of me – it’s a team or a squad, man.

  • toonterrier

    He pops in every morning for a chat and obviously to pick up his pay cheque so he doesn’t have to go to the soup kitchen. So far the lad has done nothing and even though he was a class player earlier in his career we bought him as an injury prone expensive ornament. Hope he proves me wrong but so far another Owen or Gosling on the books.

  • Jarra MIck

    Be surprised if he plays this season, what’s the odds on a breakdown? Couple of breakdowns till the end of the season then an injury free summer on the beach, couple of starts in August then another injury etc etc. the life of a footballer must be rotten eh.