You wouldn’t think it, but there is some good news this week for Newcastle, in that Jonas Gutierrez is fit to play against Maritimo on Thursday evening, and of course Papiss Cisse is also fit to play, and the experience of these two players should be a big help to Newcastle.
Jonas Gutierrez fit again – his experience will help
But Newcastle still have a long injury list of players who are not available, including Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic, who are out for the season, and Dan Gosling, who is out until the new year.
James Perch, who would have been valuable in these circumstances because of his ability to play in different positions, is also out injured, and Yohan Cabaye could be out for two months with his groin injury, which may need surgery to correct the problem.
Cheick Tiote will miss the game on Thursday because he’s banned after picking up a second yellow card in the last game at Brugge, and this will be the fourth game he has missed this season because of suspension.
But Fabricio Coloccini, who still has one league game to serve in a three match ban, will be available and will lead the side out at St. James’ Park on Thursday.
But Alan Pardew has a balancing act to perform this week, because the most important game is at Southampton on Sunday, and we need all our top players available for that game.
The manager had this to say about the Argentine International:
“Jonas, we think will be back on Thursday.” “He was close to playing at the weekend – we were deciding on whether to play him, but we felt it was too risky.”
With such a depleted squad the two games coming up will not be easy, but Newcastle will try to qualify for the final 32 of the Europa League with a win against Maritimo on Thursday, and then we have to pick up some points at Southampton on Sunday, to move up the league table.
Newcastle are currently in 12th position in the league table with only 14 points from our twelve games, which is 11 points off the pace we set last year when we were 3rd top at this time.
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