The latest Newcastle injury news brought positives on two players and a negative on another.
Steve McClaren revealed that both Paul Dummett and Remy Cabella will train in advance of the match at Swansea on Saturday, giving them an outside chance of being involved.
Neither player managed a single minute of action in Newcastle’s pre season schedule.
In contrast, Emmanuel Riviere could be facing surgery on his knee (meniscus) problem, after a reaction in training.
The French striker picked up his injury when on tour in America and was flown home for treatment, with Mitrovic now an option as well as Papiss Cisse, it is difficult to see Riviere getting many chances even when fit.
Remy Cabella is an interesting one, as the introduction of Wijnaldum and a more attacking style of play as seen on Sunday, could well suit the French international.
Far too much weight of expectation was put on Cabella’s shoulders last season, a new player from another league who was expected to provide pretty much all the creativity in the team – hopefully he can thrive under the new regime and with better players around him.
Left-back looked (see the fan ratings HERE) arguably Newcastle’s weakest position against Southampton and unless a signing is made, then by the end of the month I wouldn’t be surprised to see Paul Dummett back in there.
Steve McClaren talking to the Chronicle:
“I think Manu Riviere’s knee was painful after training and so he might have to have surgery – we’re investigating that.
“Dummy will train this week and Remy Cabella.”