James Perch picked up his 5th yellow card in the first half at Stoke and therefore will miss the game at home to Wigan Athletic On Monday night, and the news on Newcastle’s other injury doubts is not great – but things are improving – slowly.
Alan Pardew – Shola and Gabby almost fit
31 year-old Nigerian International striker Shola Ameobi is recovering from his groin injury (we though it was a hamstring pill?), and Gabby Obertan is near to full fitness after some toe problem – which seems a little bizarre to us.
Xisco is back in training, but we’d be surprised if Alan Pardew gives him a game in the Newcastle first team anytime soon – with Nile Ranger now the third striker – until Shola comes back.
However, Alan Pardew is not clear whether Shola or Gabby will be fit for Monday night:
“One or two are due back, but I don’t know if they’ll make the next game.” “It’s a bit tight.” “We can take plenty of heart into the game,” Pardew added.
“I feel sorry for the players. It’s the run of results which is the problem.” “We couldn’t have done much more to stop it, and we just fell short.” “The players were magnificent.”
“I couldn’t say that on Sunday, but I can now.” “We need a bit of luck. We need breaks.”
Hatem Ben Arfa is still out at least another week with the hamstring injury he picked up last week against Maritimo, and the games are coming thick and fast at the moment.
After Wigan we are at Bordeaux the following Thursday in the Europa League, and then on the following Monday night we are at Craven Cottage to play Fulham – where we were hammered 5-2 last season.
We should be able to do a lot better than that this time, and we’ll need to – to start picking up valuable points.
After Fulham we are at home to Manchester City – so we should be able to pick up an easy 3 points in that game ………
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