Alan Pardew will not be taking injured players James Perch, Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba to Brugge for tonight’s game in the Europa League Group D – but we were hoping that Cabaye and Ba would be available for our game against West Ham at St. James’ Park on Sunday – a game we can win.
Yohan Cabaye – will he be fit for Sunday?
Alan Pardew had said after the 1-1 draw at Liverpool that James Perch’s injury was not good, and that the Brazilian star would be out for a number of weeks.
But Alan was more hopeful of Ba and Cabaye being fit for Sunday, so his words today may go against that.
This is what the Newcastle manager said:
“This is an opportunity to get the qualification sorted, but it’s easier said than done. After the last game we are all aware of Brugge’s qualities and we’re carrying three more big injuries after the trip to Liverpool at the weekend.”
“Cabaye, Perch and Demba definitely won’t play, so that’s three big players that are out of the equation before we’ve got on the plane. That doesn’t give me a lot of options to rest players or shuffle the team around.”
It depends on what “three more big injuries” means – does it mean three big players have injuries, or three players have big injuries.
We hope it’s the former, and that Yohan and Demba can start the game against the Hammers, and James will be out around four weeks with his thigh injury.
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