We need as much good news as we can get these days, as Newcastle’s alarming slump in the Premier League continued on Monday night in London, when we leaked two goals to lose against a Fulham team that were struggling just like Newcastle, but the London club got all 3 points on the night.
Yohan Cabaye – back in mid January
And there does seem some good news concerning our two injured stars Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye – with both looking to come back next month rather than in early February.
Newcastle have missed Yohan Cabaye’s creativity and coolness in central midfield, and Steven Taylor’s fight and grit and never say die attitude will help a lot – especially if we are in a relegation battle when they return.
After the game on Monday night, Alan Pardew basically said the team he fielded was the best he’s got until either somebody comes in during the January transfer window, or some of our injured players come back.
Alan was asked if any of our injured players would be fit for the Manchester City game on Saturday:
“I don’t think so.” “I think that’s the group between now and mid-January, when maybe Steven and Cabaye will come back to us. Until such time, that is the team.”
“I thought we looked a good team.” “We were just a bit unfortunate not to get anything from the game.”
Yohan Cabaye has had two groin operations to try to fix a persistent groin problem, and Steven Taylor has another one of those hamstring problems, but it looks like both could be back in about five weeks.
But of course they cannot help Newcastle before that time, and we have five tough games through January 2nd, when we play Everton at home, and they are against good teams this time – and also include the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal – so we could well be struggling in the league by the turn of the year.
That’s unless we play better than we have done over the last month, but the very fact that Taylor and Cabaye could be back in mid January is good news for Newcastle fans.
There – I’ve said it.
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