Although last night was a disappointing one , especially for those loyal fans who made the long trip to Bordeaux to see such a lack-luster and spiritless display, there’s good news today on the injury front, and a number of the injured Newcastle players are training again, and should be fit for Monday night’s game at Craven Cottage.
Ben Arfa - fit again – back on Monday
The four players who were injured on Monday night – Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Davide Santon and Jonas Gutierrez – will soon be back in training and longer term injured players Hatem Ben Arfa and Gabby Obertan will also be training tomorrow, and available for the Fulham game.
This is the good news Alan Pardew dished out last night after the game:
“ “We can look forward to seeing bodies back for Monday night against Fulham – Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Gabby Obertan, Davide Santon and Hatem Ben Arfa will train on Saturday, and Jonas Gutierrez on Sunday.” “We are in a better position now.”
It will be great to have Ben Arfa back in the team again, and his usual deputy on the right wing – French U21 International Gabby Obertan – has been out with a number of weeks with a toe injury – so we’re glad that’s now cleared up.
Newcastle should be able to field their strongest side on Monday night, apart from just two players – Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor – who are scheduled to return in February.
We need another win on Monday night to lift the mood on Tyneside.
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