Newcastle will have captain Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Cheick Tiote back for the upcoming games over the holiday period.
Alan Pardew – glad to have players back
Only long term injury casualties Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux will not be available for the festive period, although both Yohan Cabaye and Dan Gosling cannot play tonight due to suspensions.
Newcastle will play a massive six games in the next three weeks, so it’s good most of the injuries to our players have cleared up.
And it’s a good time for Newcastle to get back on their winning ways, in the next two games against WBA and Bolton Wanderers, and that would give us a massive 33 points before we play at Liverpool a week on Friday.
Alan talked about the players now available:
“I have learnt that we need our best players for these games. We haven’t had them,” “As much as we have played the top teams, we haven’t had our best team out.”
“We are getting it back slowly but surely – Best is back in the side, Coloccini, Cheick.” “It was just nice to see us back to form on Saturday. We have had really bad luck in terms of injuries and players we have lost.”
“And it was nice to see one or two senior players back in the side.” “It makes a hell of a difference to a team like us, Coloccini back on the pitch. Cheick coming through the game strongly will be a real lift for us going into the West Brom game.”
“When we go to Bolton on Boxing Day, we won’t be far away with just Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux missing, and that would really strengthen our hand going into the New Year.”
“It’s a schedule where there are a lot of points to be gained and it’s a very important period for any Premier League team.”
Tonight is probably our very best chance of getting the first win in six games, and anything but three points will have to be classed as a disappointment.
But if Newcastle play anything like they did on Saturday afternoon against Swansea City, and they also have just a little bit of luck, we should see the side on 30 points after the game tonight.