Both of Newcastle’s central midfielders Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote could be missing this afternoon, in the vital home game against Bolton Wanderers.
Yohan Cabaye – playmaker could miss the game today
Cheick is almost certainly out after a recurrence of his hamstring, and he was replaced by Ryan Taylor for the second half in the 2-0 win at Swansea.
Yohan Cabaye was also withdrawn after 74 minutes, after setting up the two Papiss Cisse goals with two excellent first time though balls – and it takes some skill to do that.
Dan Gosling replaced Yohan and looked to be in decent form, as Newcastle held on well to their two goal lead.
We hope that Yohan’s withdrawal was a safety first move, and that he can start today, although with Alan Pardew saying there are seven or eight players in the treatment room, there could be a few surprises when the team is announced around 2:00 pm today.
This is what Alan had to say this morning:
“It is part of having a great squad and a great ethic in the team.” “It was a great victory at Swansea and we want to get through the Bolton game.”
“I would take a draw if I am honest but we want to get through and be ready for Stoke.” “The problem for Bolton is they only have a two-day turnaround.”
“That is going to be tough on them after they had a very difficult game.” “Hopefully, we will be slight favourites.”
It will be difficult for Bolton to recover from their knocks with only one day to recover, and we could see one or two of their players sit out the game.
But it’s a vital game for Bolton , as they try to avoid relegation, and it is also vital for Newcastle, who are trying to qualify for Europe.
We have to hope that French International Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle’s number one play-maker, is available today so he can provide the bullets for Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, who we hope can notch his 17th goal for Newcastle this afternoon.
In fact it would be good to see both Senegal strikers on the score-sheet after the game and Ben Arfa too.
Howay The Lads!!