Good news this morning from Alan Pardew on the injury front.
Steven Taylor – after the game on Saturday
Alan believes that Cheick Tiote, Leon Best and Gabriel Obertan will all be available for the tough game coming up at Old Trafford on Saturday.
And that nose of Steven Taylor’s appears to be just fine, after he was seen having treatment on it again on the sidelines in that second half – the news is that it was not broken again.
Good news for Steven’s potential modelling career. 😀
Alan Pardew talked about the injuries to the Newcastle press today:
“We heard that Cheick trained very well on Saturday morning.” “That’s really great news for us. He would have been a player for us at Man City.” “I think he and Obertan will be available for Man United. “
“I really hope so – it’ll improve my options.” “Leon Best just didn’t make it; he trained Thursday and Friday, but just felt his groin.” “I think he’ll be fine.”
Most Newcastle fans agree that Cheick was a big miss on Saturday afternoon, and his extra energy and bite could have helped Newcastle in the central midfield at the Eithad .
We expect Cheick to start on Saturday at Old Trafford, and put in a good performance for Newcastle, but of course there’s a danger that Man United will then come after the Ivory Coast International in January.
And there’s news that Chelsea will definitely bid for him in January, for the second successive January, and we just have to hope Cheick is still a Newcastle player come February 1st.
It seems that Steven Taylor took a whack to the face in the second half, and that caused his nose to swell up again, but it’s not broken, that’s the good news.
Alan Pardew talked about that Steven Taylor nose today:
“It’s getting a bit rubbery, that nose! But we expect him to be OK.”
Ans Steven himself verified that his nose was not broken for a second time:
“Thankfully there is nothing broken this time.”
And how many players playing in a mask to protect a previously broken nose could put in the gutsy and strong performance that Taylor put in for Newcastle on Saturday?
Not many English center-backs, that’s for sure.
Steven epitomized the Newcastle character and fighting spirit on Saturday, with another terrific performance once again in the very heart of the Newcastle defense.
This local lad is definitely back to his very best form for his home town club.