The club have given an update on three Newcastle players returning from long-term injury.
Interviewed after the latest defeat against Liverpool, John Carver was asked about how close a trio of United players were to returning to first team action.
The Newcastle Head Coach was talking to the official NUFC club website and was asked if they could end the post-match analysis interview with a positive ending…
‘Just to try to end on a positive note, we have got Paul Dummett getting close, Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons, how close are they now?’
“Well they’re close but you know…I can’t see either one of the three being available for the next game certainly, if not the next two or three games.
“So we have to be careful with Paul Dummett because he had a bad knee injury and we will bring him back when he is ready.
“Siem will be playing in the reserves possibly on Wednesday night against Derby and I need to have a look at Rolando Aarons when I go in tomorrow (Tuesday) to see whether he is involved or not.”
With only six games remaining, you surely have to think whether there is any point at all in trying to get one or all of these players back on a first team pitch this season.
Carver says they will definitely miss Spurs at home and with so far none of the three even playing a friendly match behind closed doors yet, I’m guessing that then also missing at least the two or three (Swansea home, Leicester away, West Brom home) games after this Sunday is also pretty certain.
The way the Newcastle Head Coach is talking about Dummett it sounds daft if there is any intention of playing him.
Whilst with Siem de Jong having missed a full season and Rolando Aarons the last six months, it is going to take decent time before you could be totally confident you’re not taking a massive risk longer term.
WIth only QPR away and West Ham at home to come after those four matches, unless clubs pick up below and Newcastle eventually manage to get themselves into that relegation fight they are straining to take part in, surely it is a case of looking at all three for next season and making 100% they are ready for that.