Nigel De Jong In Man City Side For Sunday


It’s a coincidence that Man City’s Dutch midfielder, Nigel De Jong, will be returning from injury to the City side to play Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.

Nigel De Jong – back for City on Sunday

And we all know after the first few minutes of the game at Eastlands in early October, De Jong broke Hatem Ben Arfa’s left lower leg in two places, and his tackle was widely condemned as being wild.

But it was not called as a foul by referee Martin Atkinson, and even though Newcastle appealed to the FA about the tackle, which cost them their loan signing for about five months of this season , the FA managed to wiggle out of doing anything about it – which of course they are really good at.

But we did hear a couple of days ago that the French International is now  expected to return to training in late January.

And it looks like he will be no worse because of the break, which  apparently is healing very well, and the lad could even be a permanent Newcastle player by that time too.

Mancini is sorry about the lad’s injury, but has always said it was just one of those unfortunate things:

“I am sorry for what happened with Ben Arfa but this can happen in a football match,”

“Nigel is a fantastic player and very important for us. He is the only player we have got with his characteristics.”

That last sentence must mean he’s the only player Roberto has who can break a player’s leg in two places with one tackle.

It was a fair tackle presumably, but that didn’t stop the Dutch manager, Bert van Marwijk, from dropping the Dutchman from the National team because of that reckless tackle.

Anyway, De Jong will get booed every time he touches the ball on Sunday afternoon, in what will be a very tough game for Newcastle, tougher even than the game against Liverpool.

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Howay The Lads

    Dec 24, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    “Nigel is a fantastic player and very important for us. He is the only player we have got with his characteristics.”

    What? Being a mental act?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 24, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2

    He will get some grief from the whole stadium. I thinks it will be a nice loud atmosphere at SJP on Sunday.

    Merry Christmas everyone on the blog too – you too Ed.

    *** Chris hughton interview on Sky Sports News at some point this afternoon – they’ve been harpin on about it since 8am ***

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  • rigmor

    Dec 24, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3
  • rwpoynter

    Dec 24, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    The best way we can give that animal de Jong his comeuppance is to thump Man City 6-0. Don’t rise to the bait of intimidating him or we may end up with someone else being banned for three matches. Just go out there lads and hammer the hell out of them.

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  • Fak

    Dec 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    fcuk this man! the only thing i can say here is, we gonna win over man city 5-0! 4 goals from our no 9 striker and the last goal come from jonas gutierrez and he mask come out on that day! howay the lads!

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  • balubas1

    Dec 24, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    No racial connection or sarcasm here.. but De Jong looks like a DOG! I bet he has the brain of one too. And I forgot to mention he plays like one also.

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  • leedodd

    Dec 24, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Shame Ben Arfa Was Not at St James On Sunday To Look Him Straight in The Eye !!!! Make Him Publicly Say Sorry In Front of The 52000 Geordie Nation !!!!

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  • Bucks mag

    Dec 24, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Hope he gets ripped to shreds. A few late tackles are the order of the day

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  • Ghali

    Dec 24, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #9

    If only i was the manager tomorrow. i would start smithy boy and order him to get red carded for the right reason (injuring the bastard out)..he reminded me of Gravson for some reason

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  • Whitecap

    Dec 24, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Nigel de Jong isn’t returning from injury, he’s returning from suspension.

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  • GeordieDan

    Dec 24, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Ghali>

    That’s almost exactly what I’ve been thinking all week.

    I’m not normally in favour of that sort of tactic but in this case I think it would be a great way for Smithy to be remembered for ever by the Geordie faithful to NOT get a red card for chopping down De Jong but to “accidentally” snap him in half “going for the ball” because “these things happen in football”, justifying a yellow card only. Not that’s only fair eh?

    And before any of the usual sensible brigade jump on our backs I really couldn’t give a shi*t.

    I hope he gets battered for the first minute until the last tomorrow and we get the win we deserved when we outplayed their miserable overpaid fairies at their place and got robbed!

    Karma for xmas would be great!!!!

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  • I LOVE THE TOON

    Dec 24, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    cheick tiote is appearenly talked to ben arfa and his orders was for tiote to injure nigel !!!!! nigel should have been kicked out ov footie for what he done to alonso at world cup nd now to ben arfa wen i was at benton HQ i spoke to tiote nd he sed he isnt going to injure nigel he is goin to put him out of footie for ever nd that is what ben arfa wants him to do but it will be newcastle that will come out worse 0v any team going !!!!!!!!

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  • BeeGuy

    Dec 24, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Whoa, pardner! Build up a cushy lead and then bring on the subs to just make run after run into deJongs area. If he gets flattened, too bad, if he gets beaten and NUFC scores, that is a much better salt for the wound. As it is well known – Revenge is a meal best eaten cold. Getting a red card early means NUFC will to be playing 10 men chasing all Sunday, and that will not be swet revenge, that will be deJong triumphant!

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  • davcon22

    Dec 24, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #14

    We need a atmosphere like the “sunlun” match on Sunday,50 odd thousand mental geordies givin the animal “dogs abuse” from the first whistle.
    His a*se will drop out and hopefully the rest of the team,like it did to the makems.
    Hope that bast”rd gets bollock cancer!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 24, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #15

    We’ll have to watch it if he plays, very dirty. Often uses scissors tackles to injure, that’s why he was dropped from the national team. One more bad injury caused by him and he should be out for the season. All the best.

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  • dave 1961

    Dec 24, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope the pr**k swallows his tong and dies, the most hated person in toon on Sunday he will make Ashley look popular, if I could have anything for Christmas it would be a broken neck for de jong the smelly wog. I hate racist bigotry but I make an exception for him

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