Alan Pardew uis trying to stay upbeat today, and he points out that Newcastle have some players coming back from injury and available to the side on Monday night at Everton.
Sammy Ameobi – returned from injury
During Alan’s press conference yesterday afternoon, there were video shots of Shola Ameobi in training so it looks like the 30 year-old, along with his younger brother Sammy, will both be available.
And Shane Ferguson is back to full fitness too, after 75 minute appearance for Northern Ireland against Luxembourg on Tuesday night in Belfast.
A positive Alan Pardew had this to say to the local press today:
“We have both Sammy and Shola back.” ”Plus we have Shane Ferguson back after he played for Northern Ireland.” “We’re keen to have him. Fingers crossed for him because he hasn’t done a lot of work, but he’s come back OK and we’re really pleased.”
“Anita can play there at right back.” “If he’s played there for Ajax in the Champions League then he can play there for us.” “He can play central midfield or anywhere we put him.”
James Perch is also fit again, after returning to full fitness following the pain in his neck he had picked up – there’s a joke there somewhere – but of course we’d never call James a pain in the neck.
It was apparently a good day of training for the squad yesterday at Benton, with all the players returning from International duty, and it seems that young Haris Vuckic looked impressive.
We don’t expect Haris to be involved on Monday night, but he will likely get a run-out next Thursday night against CS Maritimo, on the island of Madeira in Portugal (the wine’s great!), in our first group game of the Europa League.
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