This is not good news, because once again we’ve lost a player who has picked up an injury while on International duty, and this time it’s Yohan Cabaye of France, who will not be able to play on Saturday against Swansea – and that scenario has already happened this season to both Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul.
Alan Pardew – we have problems
And of course Newcastle will also be without Jonas Gutierrez through injury, and Fabricio Coloccini through suspension, so a few class players will be missing on Saturday afternoon, which could event things up a bit in Swansea’s favor.
Shola Ameobi is fit and could well get a place on the bench on Saturday, after he returns to Newcastle tomorrow for training after flying back from Miami, after making International debut for Nigeria last night.
That’s unless Papiss Cisse is stopped from playing, after he pulled out of the Senegal squad for the mid-week game with back injury, and Senegal may invoke the five day rule – which would prevent him from playing on Saturday.
Alan Pardew gave his press conference this afternoon, and he had this update to give to the local press:
“We’ve got a few problems.” “Cabaye didn’t play for France and it doesn’t look like he’s going to play for us at the weekend either.” “Jonas will be missing, Coloccini will be missing but Shola looks okay.”
“A couple of the guys who were on international duty are coming in Friday morning, so it has really stagnated the week again for us, not unlike a lot of teams in the Premier League.”
“But we have got enough quality in the squad to put a good side out on Saturday, for sure.” “With Papiss we have a bit of an issue going on at the moment with the (Senegalese Football) Federation.
“We feel we covered all the bases in giving them information but they seem to have not received it.” “So we are in discussions with Senegal and the FA about his availability for Saturday.”
“We gave a report and an email straight after the game saying that at half-time he was feeling his back. We took him off and our doctor also sent reports on the injury.
“We didn’t, as far as I’m aware, get too much information back and now it seems that Senegal are upset that he didn’t appear for them.” “Somewhere down the line there has been something lost in translation there and we are trying to sort that out.”
“Hopefully it will be cleared for Papiss to play on Saturday and clear for him to continue with Senegal going forward, because nobody wants any bad feeling.”
These International matches in mid-week, which are principally arranged to make the National football bodies some money, are hardly important, and to expect top players to travel long distance to play these games – which literally count for nothing – is a little unfair on the clubs who pay their wages – like Newcastle for instance.
That’s our view in any case.
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