Alan Pardew was a worried man over the International break as he wondered how many of his players would return from the games injured.
Alan Pardew – things looking up at Newcastle
But the good news is that everybody has returned fit and ready to play on Sunday, although Jonas Gutierrez may be a little bit travel wary after racking up the airline miles to play for Argentina.
It seems that Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Tim Krul, Jonas Gutieerez and Davide Santon were not injured while away on International duty, and all should be able to take part in training today.
Pardew and the Newcastle coaching staff will now go into full gear, in preparation for the enthralling game against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, which is being broadcast live around the world to millions and millions of viewers.
Alan Pardew talked to the local Newcastle press about the International break:
“As a Premier League manager I’m always nervous during the international break,” “It is not just injuries, you don’t know how much travelling they’re doing and what training program they are on while they’re away either.”
“Jonàs Gutiérrez, for example, has had two long journeys with Argentina. You’re just not party to any of it so it is a bit of a nervous time.”
“But the ones that were due back have come back and look in good shape. Demba Ba is back, Cheick is back and so is Yohan Cabaye.”
“Demba is absolutely fine, there is no injury there and he’s in good form for us at the moment.” “Sunday is a game to look forward to,”
“It is going to be a very tough test for us but the players are certainly ready to go.”
Tottenham will be a tough test for Newcastle, but it comes at a good time too, and since it is at home, Newcastle will be in with a very good chance of winning this game, although the Tottenham side is packed with some great players,
For instance, who will be marking Gareth Bale is a good question, and it could be that the Welsh International could give Ryan Taylor some trouble with his speed, if he starts over on the right wing.
But it seems likely that Danny Simpson will be the one to try to stop the fast and skilfull winger, who is always a goal threat.
With the three home crowds at St. James’ Park this season so far averaging just over 47,000, manager Alan Pardew will be looking forward to a bigger crowd on Sunday, and that will be a huge advantage to the Magpies.
And the Newcastle players are really looking forward to the game too, and Alan will also have a very strong bench he can turn to, in his efforts to win another game in the Premier league this season.
That has to be the goal for Sunday.
Howay The Lads!!