Alan Pardew has rated the players who came off during Saturday’s game against Everton as all doubtful for the top match at Manchester City a week on Saturday.
Shola Ameobi – could make Man City game
This is what Alan said after the game, and while the three are all doubtful, he is not ruling them out all together:
“Cabaye and Marveaux have groin injuries that will be difficult to heal in two weeks,”
“We will have to wait and see, it is not like they are huge tears and they are definitely out. I am assuming it will be a tight call for them.”
“I was really pleased with the three subs,” “Dan Gosling had a tough opening because Rodwell was really on it. As the match wore on he got better and better.”
“Sammy Ameobi was terrific and so was Hatem Ben Arfa. In the background the staff are doing a great job keeping those guys all up and ready.”
“We can’t suffer too many more injuries when you are coming up against the best you need your best players.” “We will be working hard to get our best team out at Man City.”
Good news on Shola Ameobi, who was interviewed before the Everton game, and he said all being well he would be available for the next game at Manchester City.
Leon Best, whose wife is ready to deliver a baby at any time, picked up groin and toe injuries in the Everton game.
But it seems that Leon will still travel to join the Ireland squad in Dublin to have those injuries further assessed by the Ireland medical team. We’re not sure what his status will be for the Man City game.
Cabaye suffered a groin problem, and he reported the problem to manager Alan Pardew just before Ryan Taylor’s fabulous second goal for the side.
Yohan was replaced by Dan Gosling shortly thereafter, and he is unlikely to recover from the groin strain in time to play in the next game.
But apparently he is still due to link up with the French squad for their friendlies with Belgium and the USA, and will be further assessed by the French medics.
We have to hope Marveaux’s injury is not the same one that kept him out of the Rennes side last season from October, but it will be a surprise if he is available for the next game.
Gabriel Obertan has an infected toe and will not be available for Man City, but the Frenchman has a 50-50 chance o9f being ready to play at Old Trafford against his former club, or at least start the game on the bench against Man United.
And finally Mike Williamson should be close to returning to full fitness, although there have been no recent bulletins on just how the 27 year-old center-back is faring in his recovery from his ankle injury he picked up way back in the Scunthorpe game.
The sooner Mike is back the happier we will be, because at the moment we have very little cover if Fab Coloccini or Steven Taylor get injured.
That’s all the injury news for Newcastle right now.