Alan Pardew has had even more bad luck following our two home defeats in a row, and Yohan Cabaye seems to be ruled out for a couple of months at least with his groin injury, and the decision about whether he should have surgery has still to be made.
Yohan Cabaye – could be out for two months – drat!
And when Yohan Cabaye does finally come back, it will coincide with our other top central midfielder Cheick Tiote, going off to the African Cup of Nations for the second year running.
The 51 year-old Newcastle manager, who is under considerable pressure with his squad having been decimated lately, had this to say about the situation on Tyneside:
“It could be we run all the way to the end of January before I have my first team to pick from.” “When Cabaye comes back, Cheick will be gone. It is tough for us at the minute.”
“Cabaye might possibly have to have a little surgery on that groin. You have seasons when you lose players and you have to be able to cope with it.” “If I had everybody available then losing Cabaye would not be such a blow.”
“At the minute we cannot afford to lose anybody.” “We have been unlucky this year.” “We have lost Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic for more or less the season. One is bad and to lose two is tough to take and we have had suspensions.”
“I can only think of one occasion when I have had everyone to pick and that was at Sunderland when I had all my senior players. I know that is what we need to do. We need our best players back.”
“We are stretched this week and we have two big games and really that squad is only going to be added to by Jonas Gutierrez.”
The good news is that Papiss Cisse and Jonas Gutierrez are now both available, and it could be that things may even get a little worse before they get better on Tyneside.
But there’s no doubt that a win at Southampton on Sunday would lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere, and that would be a huge win for the club, given where we stand at the moment.
And there’s no reason why that cannot happen on Sunday, given the lads get the full support of the fans, although we are a bit concerned about the negative criticism of Alan Pardew since Sunday.
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