Andy Carroll will be back from Dubai and on Tyneside this week, and will be keen to be fit to play in the Wear-Tyne derby next Sunday afternoon.
Andy is suffering with a troublesome thigh injury, and Newcastle will be also hope to have Shola Ameobi back from his ankle injury, although it looks like Cheick Tiote will be out suspended, serving the first of what will be a 3 match ban.
But Jose Enrique, who was missed big time on Saturday had the flu, and should be back for the big game at Sunderland.
We cannot Tiote’s sending off being over-turned but we hope it is. There is probably only a 5% chance of being over-turned, if that.
And Alan hopes to make a signing this week too, and as we pointed out on Saturday, Newcastle target Seb Larsson was an unused sub for Birmingham City, in their 4-1 FA Cup win at Millwall
Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I certainly we hope we get one in before the weekend – it’ll be important. We’re certainly low on numbers now.”
“It was a bit unlucky with Jose – he pulled out on the morning with flu.”
“But he’ll be fine, and as for Jonas, Shola and Carroll – who are big players for us – it’s fingers crossed.”
Pardew admitted the display on Saturday was not a good one, (tell us about it), and it was hardly what you would expect after two good wins in the Premier League over the previous week.
“You don’t want a performance like that.” “It was a shame after two clean sheets and two great performances in the league.”“Unfortunately, we ended the week on this.” “We’re going to have to wear this one, I’m afraid.”
“But it shouldn’t take away from the season these boys are having, because they’re doing terrifically well.”
“We need to make sure our energy levels are at 100% because we know what to expect at Sunderland.”
“They’re going to be fired up with revenge after what we did at our place, and we need to be ready for that.”
“It might sound silly, but we need some rest this week.”
The defeat at Stevenage is now part of Newcastle’s history, and we cannot do too much about it now – it happened, it’s over.
The defeat at Stevenage will go alongside the home defeat by non-league side Hereford United in 1972, as one of the worst results in Newcastle long and famous FA Cup history, which has seen the club win the FA Cup 6 times and be losing finalists another 7 times.
We could soon forget that defeat on Saturday with a nice win at Sunderland, which will have the side nicely positioned in the Premier League, but a lot will depend how many of our first team players we get back before then.