Alan Pardew is hoping that both Fabrico Coloccini and Demba Ba will be fit for this afternoon’s game at Stamford Bridge, so whether they are really doubtful, or it’s some games being played again by the Newcastle manager, as he did with Ben Arfa last week, we don’t know.
Demba Ba - carrying a shin injury
Fab Coloccini slightly injured his thigh two weeks ago in the 4-1 loss at at Cardiff City, but he has never played since then, which is unusual for the Argentine who rarely misses games through injury.
Demba Ba has a shin problem and returned to training yesterday, so if there is no reaction in his shin, he should be able to play this afternoon.
We hope Ba is fit because it’s asking a lot of Papiss Cisse to start two games in two games, since he played the first 77 minutes in the 1-1- draw against Atromitos in Athens, Greece on Thursday in the Europa League play-off game.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say in the Newcastle Journal today:
“We have come through unscathed. I think Colo has got a good chance for Saturday and Demba too.” “But Demba – it will be interesting to see how he reacts to training.”
“We had a bit of a spa afternoon yesterday, and then we trained in the evening.” “We are trying to get as much energy back into the legs and rest as we can and prepare ourselves for what will be a great week’s work if we can get something at Chelsea.”
“Colo has a thigh strain that he picked up in the Cardiff game, and Demba has got a shin problem that actually is pain more than restrictive.” ”We didn’t want that to escalate, so we just rested him in Greece.”
“Chelsea are the European champions. – they won the Champions League, and they have improved since then – Eden Hazard looks a great buy.” “We know him well, so we know what to expect from him.
“There are no surprises in that team, but I think in some ways, we can match them and give a good showing there.” “We are looking at it as an opportunity for us to build on this first three or four days, which have been terrific.”
“We have got a terrific mood in the camp already – the spirit is really good.”
Shola Ameobi is also doubtful for this game, but if all is well we think Alan Pardew will start this game with Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba up front, although there’s always a chance that Alan will play a 4-5-1 formation and bring in Vurnon Anita in midfield, at the expense of one of the strikers – probably Shola.
Once again it will be interesting to see what team Alan Pardew is able to announce at around 4:30 pm today, an hour before the kick off in yet another tough game for Newcastle.
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