Senegal Manager Clears Up Demba Ba Doubts

The reason Demba Ba did not train in the two sessions before Senegal’s  2-0 win over Mauritius on Sunday, has been cleared up.

Demba Ba – didn’t train because of poor piches

The Senegal manager Amara Traore has today said that the decision not to play Be was simply a precaution, because of the poor state of the pitches they were training on.

It is well known that Ba has a knee condition, and Alan Pardew elected not to play Ba in Orlando in July, when it was decided to play on an artificial surface, again as a precaution for his knee.

This is what Amara Traore said today:

“When Demba arrived on Thursday evening for the first training session, it was felt that the ground was really hard for him, and with his knee problem we preferred not to take a risk.”

“At the beginning of the season he played on a synthetic ground and he had problems afterwards.” “For the Mauritius match I would have liked to make him play because it has been a long time since he played for Senegal.”

“But with the state of the ground it would have been making him take too much of a risk.”

That was a good decision by the manager and you would have thought he would have been in communication with Newcastle about his decision,  once the rumors surfaced that he may have damaged the knee.

The in-form 6’2″ striker has scored 4 goals in 7 appearances for Newcastle this season.

But Demba Ba is fine,  and isth very likely to keep his place in an unchanged side on Sunday for  the visit of  Spurs.

It’s likely that Alan Pardew will start the same side that  beat Wolves 2-1 away in the last game.

That’s good news for the Newcastle club and good news for the fans.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • toonarmy1986

    Oct 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Encouraging thing from the internationals is that Santon has got two much needed games under his belt. I would personally be tempted to stick him in at RB this Sunday to go up against Bale or even drop Obertan for him and have Ryan Taylor move to the right wing and double up on him.

  • GeordieoftheSouth

    Oct 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Glad to see an International maanger with some sense, good for club and country to not risk his dodgy knee. I dont think you can change an unbeaten side, so the likes of Santon and Ben Arfa will simlply have to wait for an injury or until we lose a match.

    Looking forward to beating the yids though! People say us Toon fans are dillusional, we are nothing compared to the spurs fans…they are ridiculous!

  • wynsleap

    Oct 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Getting a little concerned as to Ben Arfa’s possible reaction if games keep on coming without him having any meaningful participation.
    Also think it’s time that Marveaux and Santon were brought in too.
    I think Spurs might just rock the boat this weekend with Obertan and Raylor not being quite up to it.

  • ash-out

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    @toonarmy 1986
    Your plan to nullify the quickest player spurs have is to drop the quickest player at our club who has played every game in for the team with the best defensive record in the prem and replace him with a new signing yet to play in the premiership in an unfamiliar position or a combo of that plus moving our current left back (probably our slowest player) out of position to play on the right wing and thereby place our quickest player Obertan on the bench.

    You on Glue?

  • jamesnufc86

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Santon should be considered, Raylor has done so well but at times been a liability, I can imagine Bale now having a feild day ! At least we know Santon has pace which will def be needed against Bale

  • Stuart

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    @ash-out – Hahaha!

  • ash-out

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    @5 I agree, think everyone is looking forward to seeing santon play. But Raylor does not deserve to be dropped whilst we continue to gain results. He was shocking at QPR but has been steady in other games and deserves to keep the shirt.

    Bale plays on the left of midfield for spurs so is unlikely to come up against Raylor unless they are doing poorly and switch flanks. He will be up against Simpson who according to OPTA stats is our quickest player and surely the best player to have against him.

    Unsettling the whole back four is asking for trouble, if it aint broken why try and fix it?

  • Stuart

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Because we have a potentially world class LB waiting in the wings?

  • G

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Amara Traore is a damn fine man in my opinion. Like somebody above said, a good international manager with some common sense. There’s a rumour going round that he has at least 10 inches.

  • Howden Mag

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #10

    I heard he had two feet.
    ash out
    I agree with most of what you say.
    In Pardew I trust to pick the best 11 and use his subs wisely.

  • stephen1971

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    @ ash

    you say we have the best defence yea , this is the stats of course but look how many times the opposition teams have messed up in front of goal and how many times has tim krul been motm, thats not great defending its great goal keeping, santon is still young but he has been in the mixer with the big boys at the highest level so for me he has to start

  • Sav

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #12

    So he definitely STILL HAS a dodgy knee then?
    I thought fans were told it was sorted.
    This just makes Ashley’s decision not to buy the extra striker more reckless than shrewd. so all those hacks talking up Ashley as some kind of football owner role model should perhaps just draw a few breaths and take a step back before publishing more tosh.

  • ash-out

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    @ stephen 1971 – I already said that I hope Santon is excellent and look forwrd to seeing him play. However, I had a semi on the last we signed a left back from inter, so lets not bandy about ‘world class’. lets see him play and remember that Inter decided to NOT to mix him with the big boys for a reason. We can gradually bring him in rather than throw him in against spurs.

  • Howden Mag

    Oct 12, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #14

    we couldn’t get who we wanted, despite offering full price. We wouldn’t pay over the odds for third or fourth choices. We are not a top club competing in Europe and don’t have the clout of those that do to attract players. We should have been buying or at least trying to buy a decent centre back. The fact is we didn’t. Ce la vie. Lets just blame Ashley anyway. It is possible that Pardew and Carr thought they were being overpriced.

  • Ian Magpie

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15

    One things for certain the atmosphere is building for this match!!! The noise will be tremendous!!!!!!!!! (hopefully like the old days)


    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Owe the Senagalese coach a big thank you! It makes a change that an international coach makes a decision in the interests of the fittness of the player before the result of an important match!

    As for Sunday it could go either way, if we don,t concede in the first half, and come out in the second attacking then we have a chance! The Spuds always come out of the starting blocks really quick though and if we let more than one in before the break we,ll be shagged!

    I would have the same back four and depending on the score, bring Santon and HBA on midway the second half!
    Watching the game live at home with a few beers, and hoping for at least a point !


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