Some shock news today from Alan Pardew is that four of Newcastle’s players have sustained injuries and they are Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote, Haris Vuckic And Shane Ferguson, so they will certainly not be playing tomorrow night in Athens, and Shola Ameobi was not on the plane to Athens this morning either, so he will also miss out.
Demba Ba scoring on Saturday – he’s injured
But whether this is another ruse by Alan Pardew to have Chelsea off guard for Saturday’s game we don’t know, but we’d be surprised if Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote don’t both start that game at Stamford Bridge.
The Newcastle squad left Newcastle this morning without Shola Ameobi, so he’s not going to play tomorrow night, after picking up an injury in the warm-up on Saturday, and once again Shola seems so injury prone, and his younger brother Sammy is still injured too.
And we were almost certain that Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic would start the game tomorrow night, but it’s annoying that the only game Shane has played this season is for Northern Ireland, as he missed out on all the pre-season games for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew had this to say to the local press corps today:
“Unfortunately we’ve experienced a number of enforced changes.” “Demba Ba is injured, Cheick Tiote is injured and Shane Ferguson is out.” “Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic are also out.”
“It’s a real shame because I was looking forward to them getting a chance in Europe for us.” “One or two of the younger players will be involved.” “It’s a chance for some of the new guys to impress.”
“Hopefully we’re all set for the game and we can progress.” “We’re still buoyed by the win over Tottenham Hotspur.” “We got a good result in our first game of the season.” “If we were offered a draw maybe we would take it.”
“But hopefully we can win the game and make things easier for the second leg.”
Those who jetted out this morning did included James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana and Adam Campbell, and with Shola not in the squad, 17 year-old Adam Campbell should see some action tomorrow night in Athens.
The news is that Newcastle will fly directly to London on Friday night for the Saturday game at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea, following the game against Atromitos tomorrow evening.
This sequence of games will have been planned like a military operation by Newcastle, as these are two extremely important games for Newcastle, and it would be great if we could get the win tomorrow night, but once again Newcastle seem to have been hit by injuries to some of their key players.
Ben Arfa is not eligible to play for Newcastle in their first three games in Europe this season, after receiving a three match ban back in March, 2010 when he was still at Marseilles.
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