We watched Alan Pardew’s press conference yesterday, and we saw both Jonas Gutierrez and James Perch in full training at Benton, so it could be that both players could start for Newcastle tomorrow, and that could give big lift to the side, because of their experience. And Papiss Cisse looks to have shaken off his thigh problem, and there’s now said to be a good chance he will play tomorrow too.
Jonas Gutierrez – should play tomorrow
It looks like Jonas has finally recovered from his knee injury, and James Perch has covered from the thigh problem he picked up at Liverpool on 4th November, and both will likely be in the squad for tomorrow, and could even start the game.
When Papiss limped off the field in the second half against Maritimo on Thursday night, it didn’t look like he could play on Sunday, but Alan Pardew has since said he’s in with a good chance.
And Ben Arfa’s hamstring isn’t as bad as first thought, and he could return within a couple of weeks, which is very good news.
But the bottom line is that if Cisse, Gutierrez and Perch could play tomorrow, that would give Newcastle a big lift, and it would be great to have Jonas and Perchinho back for such an important game for Newcastle, after a few weeks out with injury.
This is good news – and we haven’t had too much of that this season – so far.
The game tomorrow will be a tough one, because Southampton are in form and full of confidence after their great 3-1 win against QPR last weekend, which resulted in Mark Hughes being fired yesterday, and Harry Redknapp returning to management, with another London club.
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