Eight days ago, Siem de Jong played the full 90 minutes as PSV went down 4-1 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

This came only four days after the on loan Newcastle midfielder had played 71 minutes in the league match against Heracles.

Just when the player’s stamina/fitness appeared to be getting back towards some kind of normality, injury struck again.

Siem de Jong feeling a calf problem after the match in Germany and subsequently missing the next two matches, both against Sparta Rotterdam, a win for PSV in the league and a defeat in the cup.

Meanwhile, Siem de Jong was sent off for an MRI scan to be able to gauge the seriousness of this latest in a long line of injuries.

For once the news is positive, with PSV confirming that the MRI scan showed that there was no damage to the player’s calf, with the Newcastle player now back in training.

PSV play Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday but it looks as though the Dutch club will give Siem de Jong a while longer to prove he is 100%, being mindful of the injury problems that have plagued him for the past three seasons.

Predictably, Danny Blind excluded Siem de Jong from his squad to face Belgium and Luxembourg in early November.

The only Newcastle players, past or present, to make the Netherlands squad are Gini Wijnaldum and Luuk de Jong.