Injured Cheick Tiote could be back for Newcastle’s important home game against Aston Villa on Sunday, and that will be good news for Newcastle fans.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Tottenham
Newcastle play tomorrow night against Greek Super League side Atromitos, and then against Aston Villa on Sunday, and two wins will see Newcastle in fine shape for the International break, after their first five tough games of the season.
Newcastle will be through to the groups stages of the Europa League with a win or a 0-0 draw tomorrow night, and we will have gained 6 points from the first three league games with a win against Villa, so we should also be in a decent position in the league table.
Yohan Cabaye is still to return to his best form this season for the Magpies, but manager Pardew seems to have no worries about the French International, as he had this to say yesterday:
“Yohan Cabaye looks fine which is good for us.” “I think we are OK with everybody else.”
Cabaye was brought off after 77 minutes in the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, after suffering a knock, but it seems it was only a precaution.
Yohan is expected to be ready to play tomorrow night and on Sunday in the important two games coming up, although we’d be surprised if he starts tomorrow night, with Dan Gosling likely to get another start in central midfield.
Tiote apparently has some sort of calf injury, and other injuries include those to the two Ameobi bothers.
Sammy has not been available yet this season, and both brothers have hamstring problems, something that has dogged Shola over his entire career, and we hope Sammy isn’t also prone to hamstring problems.
Youngsters Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic only have slight knocks, and the four of them will be looked at today, to see if they can make the squad for tomorrow night’s game.
It would be good to see both Shane and Haris back playing again, since they are two promising youngsters at Newcastle, as is Sammy Ameobi.
It doesn’t appear there are too many serious injuries in the squad, and we have to hope Newcastle will soon have a clean bill of health.
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