Top Players Back For Thursday – But Premier League Is Priority

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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12 comments so far

  • tonynufc

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    I can’t rate guti. Moves about like he gas a free role. Never looks to make a creative run never mind make a creative pass

  • tonynufc

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    I can’t rate guti. Moves about like he has a free role. Never looks to make a creative run never mind make a creative pass

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Having his bath crystals swapped with caustic soda is too good for Ashley.

  • Santon03

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    I won’t be surprise if we play the same way as we always did and I’m still going to watch the game, but it won’t a game that I will enjoy watching.
    Crazy isn’t it that I’ll be watching the whole 90mins?

  • Santon03

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    it won’t be a game I enjoy watching*

  • mindshaft

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Pards has stopped Jonas getting forward and now has him as a sort of own half midfielder – someone put some some excellent stats out on his positional play over the last 3 seasons – difference was startling

  • wynsleap

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Out of the players you mention there Ed,only the extremely underated Ryan Taylor is a miss. Vuckic and Gosling may as well stay unfit for all the use they are.
    The playing side of the club needs an overhaul as those two and the likes of Abeid, Obertan, Marveaux and Amalfitano are never going to cut the mustard here.

  • martoon

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning all – I’ve just bought tickets for the Maritimo match – sitting in seats within the Sports Bar area. I’ve never sat there before do you get any perks like free program or drinks or does it just give you access to the bar?

  • geordie157

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    With the next four premier league games, all winnable but obviously not easy. I think a weakened team should be played on Thursday, with a few more reserves/u21’s getting a chance.

    Something like

    Tav, Good, Colo, Santon
    Inman, Tiote, Anita
    Obertan, Cisse, Marveaux



  • rainrix

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Tony… Little hint mate when you get the “your comment cannot be published” alert box, then chances are your comment will have been published. For some reason or another the mobile client for the blog is horribly glitchy 🙂

  • blew

    Nov 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    No matter where Jonas plays, his lack of pace and passing ability are a hindrance to the side.
    I will be watching the game, which will be better than seeing the purples. In Europe so far the team selected have been much superior to the PL side, consequently I look forward to a decent game of football.

  • Graeme

    Nov 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    If Jonas plays, will he actually produce anything? It would be fantastic if he did, be the first time this season and would offer some hope for the Prem.


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