Newcastle Could Be Hit Today With Injuries To Top Players

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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15 comments so far

  • NUFCWill1986

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Hwtl win or loss

  • outsidethebox

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    cannot see shola playing unless ba is unfit

  • Grafton83

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounds to me like he’s fine, Demba will go through the pain barrier for the team.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    For all the great work our scouting team have done I can’t believe we didn’t sign Moses instead of Best when he was available for 2.5M Serious opportunity missed.

    Also I see Niang going to Everton for 2M. Surely with our French connections we could have got him and that Koura who was on trial.

  • yorkshire_magpie

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Another cisse double today! Although if hazard plays and we let him play he will cause some damage.


    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I,m a bit disappointed that Johnson has gone to the Mackems !
    Be satisfied with a draw this evening but fear the worst!

    Just as long as we don,t pick up any major Injuries, it appears that the Cardiff game has crocked Collo before he can even get going!

  • jasper

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    No 4-4-2 please. It would be good to start off a step ahead of the opposition for once instead of having to rethink at half time, which seems to be happening all too often.
    My offer to forward my programme to someone abroad still stands – no takers yet.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Hoping it won’t be too long befoe we see anita, cabaye and tiote together in a 433 or 4231, although people are saying Anita is tiote’s replacement.

  • outsidethebox

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #9

    simpson saylor collo (perch if inj ) santon
    benny cabaye tiote (anita if inj ) gutti
    cisse ba (shola /marv if inj )

    pardue tends to stick to same team if poss

  • Burni

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Probably another ruse. I called last week that we would play the exact team we did even though ppl thought half the team was injured. I’m worried re colo tho. Not normally one for getting injured….

    I saw a post yesterday saying that simmo will be taken to the cleaners by hazard and I can’t see it happening. I reckon simmo will do his usual steady job and ppl still won’t appreciate him. Hba and simmo will have him marked out the game imo…. We’ll see tho eh?


    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Would actually put cisse on the bench for the one and play 433. Bring Anita with tiote and cabaye with Jonas and Ben arfa out wide with demba up top. Thought we struggled to keep the ball last week in a 442 that will be key today against chelsea. Really fancy this as a good end to end attacking game with plenty of goals, would be great if the lads could get a result.

  • Lord Pardew

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Alright guys, i’m new to this blog but there’s something playing on my mind.
    Is anyone else worried about us not making more of an efort to sign another top class striker in this transfer window? When the African Nations Cup starts early next year we are going to lose both our first choice strikers for a month. I know that the Jan transfer window will be upon us by then but surely that’s leaving things a little late?! I know Cisse came in last Jan and hit the ground running (well sprinting actually!!) but that doesn’t happen very often! And there’s no guarantee we’ll get anyone in anyway! Hopefully this is just me worrying for no reason!

  • TorqToon

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Lord Pardew – Chances of Senegal qualifying are fairly slim mate! They have to get past ivory coast to qualify. So we either lose Ba and Cissé or Tiote, NOT both thank god!

  • Lord Pardew

    Aug 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #14

    @ TorqToon- I guess losing Tiotè over Ba and Cissé would be preferable considering the midfield back up we now have, but say Senegal do beat Ivory Coast we’d then be without a strike force! Big gamble IMO!

  • Lord Pardew

    Aug 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    TorqToon- I guess losing Tiotè over Ba and Cissé would be preferable considering the midfield back up we now have, but say Senegal do beat Ivory Coast we’d then be without a strike force! Big gamble IMO!


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