It seems that captain Fabricio Coloccini and top Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote, are both doubtful for tonight’s game against the Columbus Crew in Ohio.
Paul Dummett – will likely play tonight
Ryan Taylor picked up a groin injury early in the game against Orlando City on Friday evening, on the artificial turf surface, and will definitely not play tonight.
This is what the Newcastle manager said today about the injury status of the squad:
“Coloccini’s a slight doubt, as is Cheik,” “Ryan Taylor’s definitely out, but I’m going to play a strong side.”
After a 0-0 draw at Kansas, and a surprise 1-0 defeats in Orlando, Pardew will want to even things up with a Newcastle win tonight, and will obviously field a strong side, but Newcastle will still find Columbus a tough nut to crack tonight.
And finally veteran goalkeeper, Steve Harper, will see his first action in pre-season by being between the posts tonight.
19 year-old defender and local lad Paul Dummett, who had been on the Reserves’ tour of Holland, has arrived in Ohio, and could see some action tonight against the MLS side.
It will be great experience for the Newcastle youngster, and he had this to say to the local Newcastle press today, from Columbus:
“It was weird, one minute I was going shopping on a team day out, then the next thing the bus was stopped and I was pulled out and told to pack,”
“It’ll be an experience, I was buzzing when I heard.” “It’s a long way, but worth it to play for Newcastle United.” “I’m ready to play. I slept a lot on the flight, and I’m in condition to play.”
We have to think after traveling all that way to join the Newcastle squad, Alan Pardew will give Paul a decent run-out tonight, and then it will have been worthwhile for the teenager.
It will be worthwhile in any case for Pal to be called up to join the first team squad , and we have to wonder if he also got those frequent flyer miles?
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