Both Cabaye And Steven Taylor Doubtful For Norwich Game


Yohan Cabaye is struggling to be fit for the game at Carrow Road on Saturday, and after he’s been out a couple of months we’d be surprised if he plays on Saturday, even if the manager includes him in the squad that travels to Norwich City.

yohan cabaye action shot

Yohan Cabaye — still doubtful for Norwich

And if doesn’t look like Steven Taylor has much chance of making the game against the Canaries either, but Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse and Jonas Gutierrez will all return to the starting line-up,  after the disaster at Brighton last Saturday.

Alan Pardew was asked in the local press if  it was too early for Cabaye and Steven Taylor to make it for Saturday:

“I think it might be, but we will push them as hard as we can.” “We cannot bring them back, play them for one game and then they are out for five.” “It is better if they come back and stay fit.”

“We are on a knife-edge now with form and everything else.” “Debuchy comes into the team and we will look like we have a much stronger team than at the weekend.” “Shola is ineligible because of his red card too.”

“Perchie is doubtful with his knee, but hopefully, Jonas will be back and Colo and Papiss.” “They should train on Thursday with a bit of luck.”

Newcastle have 17 league games to go and we are on 20 points,  so we need at least another 20 points to be safe, and of course wins are the name of the game in the coming months.

And we need to break our terrible run some time soon, and Norwich would be as good a time as any.

This could be the starting eleven on Saturday:

Krul
Debuchy Coloccini Williamson Santon
Bigirimana Anita Gutierrez
Obertan Cisse Marveaux

So we would still be missing Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa – and James Perch – but it would seem the first two could make the game at home to Reading a week on Saturday, and if we cannot win that game we’ll be in big trouble.

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257 comments so far

  • canada_nufc

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    All this talk about a Striker…IMO we need a CB far more than a Striker…actually we probably need 2. Steven Taylor is injury prone – and the next CB could get injured (or Collocini) during the course of the season..leaving us once again with Williamson – who’s at fault for many of the goals we concede. This would be a dagger into relegation, IMO (unless our attack can pull itself together).

    As a reliable CB/LB, I’m still big on this guy (available on a free), Mason Trafford: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_REMUOZ5fPw

    I also found his recent highlights (he can play both as a left-back and CB): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJi-AjV5XoA

    What separates him for me is having outstanding distribution and ball skills – as well as obvious defensive ability. I think in the modern game distribution is so key – guys like Collocini/Pique do this well – Williamson does this badly. This guy also has great anticipation – he used to be a forward/midfielder (I used to play with him many years ago)

    Trafford’s being courted by a number of prominent clubs so I doubt he’ll be around for long. I believe his team made the Europa league this yr – but from what I’ve been told he wants to move on to clubs outside Scandinavia

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    If they are not 110% ready then better rest them (we are gonna need them this season)

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Guthierez in midfield could be good for us. I guess he has to play anyway as there are not many other options atm. If he runs around all game and presses hard, he could be good, also he will provide defensive cover and hopefully be there to cover Santon when Santon is up the pitch and can’t get back

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    any news of ben arfa?

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  • rainrix

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Canada… Big step up though from the finnish league to PL especially with the mire we’re in atm.

    I agree about distribution although i think santon and debuch are more than adequate at moving the ball forward. What we really need is a powerful strong in the air CB similar to distin/hangelang , it says a lot when your best arial defender is shola ameobi 😉

    We also need a pacy defender as well, in the mould of distin again :). Colos starting to slow down we need someone to keep pace with quicker attackers. Or someone hows strong enough to force them off the ball.

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  • jettson1971

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    i think we hav seen our transfer business concluded, all the talk re player profiles, dossiers, checks etc is just to sound good, and to look proactive! IF and big IF we have all this in place then WHY have we not got someone over the line, knowing for a FACT that BA was going to be leaving???

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Fcuking joke of a club.

    We are rushing players back to try and cover the gaping holes left due to lack of investment.

    We are told they might be ready, they might not. Well even if they’re not webshoukd have adequate cover and if they are injured why aren’t we actively persuing cover.

    Your not telling me we couldn’t have bids for Sissoko, Douglas and sulamenjani accepted.

    All out of contract, all quality and all what were looking for. If they turn us down fair enough! It feels like were not even trying even though our biggest 3 games in the history of our club are coming up.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Krul
    Debuchy Willo collo santon
    Bigi/Jonas Anita
    Obertan marveaux sammy
    Cisse

    Or something like that.

    I was struggling to think of available players their like, hence the inclusion of sammy.
    I’m convinced I’ve forgotten someone
    Still not had coffee…

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Infact, I would play Jonas in place of sammy in that line up.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Wizard…go get some coffee it is almost noon here in the land of the future 😉 lol

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Repost – sorry!

    Rainrix – I’ve heard the talk about his heart defect and its not in the same ball park as say Muamba / Morosini et al.

    It’s a condition that can be lived with and not even known about. The vigorous and in depth testing that professional club medical teams highlight this but does not affect playing at the top level and has been proven 99.9% of the time to have no adverse affects on performance or health.

    Some might not be aware the Mo Diame and Nwankwo Kanu had this same condition. Yet because it never affected them – it wasn’t given air time.

    In my professional opinion – it isn’t truly defining in whether a transfer should take place or not. I believe it has little to no effect on what can be achieved by Loic Remy – but of course is something the medical teams key in record.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    jettson

    It’s not always that simple.

    Would it be ideal if we had deals tied up for jan 1st…yes of course but not always possible.

    -Sometimes players aren’t available as clubs just dont want to sell
    -Sometimes clubs want to wait and see if they have a replacement
    -Sometimes players want to wait to keep their options open ,see if a better offer comes in

    There are all sorts of factors that can hold up deals and make things take a while.

    With our spending, try to get the best deal possible, we have to hang around a while and see if a price drops. Chelsea can tie deals up quickly as they wont be as tight haggling over 1/2/3 million etc.

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  • ash1001

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    No longer gonna waste my time writing anything of length on the blog comments, cos 5 minutes later there is another posting loosley on the same subject. ED how about cutting down on the blogs unless there is a totally different subject.

    For this one if Pardew dedicated as much time to the Team and player asseessment as he does to spouting a load of Tosh, we would possibly have a good team

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    I might be a bit biased as St Ettiene are my french team, i work in France a fair bit and go to a game each time, personally i much prefer aubameyang! If 8m is the price for Remy though pierre-emmerick would not be a cheaper choice, hed be 12-15m! Les Verts also have a beast of a young centre back, kurt Zouma! The new desailly! Just turned 18 but playing week in week out and out performing other defenders in the league!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    …and why aren’t they giving you any coffee ( hardly seems fair ;)) lol

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    I’d Sammy Ameobi gets anywhere near the starting 11 after that performance on saturday I’ll be questioning life itself.

    I give 100% everyday and even the it’s sometimes not enough. That little Cnut looked like he couldn’t give a shit. Terrible attitude and deserving of punishment.

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  • geoff777

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Hopefully Jonas will be a yard quicker with a layoff to recharge his batteries.

    He’s been a hopeless all season so far.

    Why do we never fine tune our squad?
    Instead we just keep Jonas, Willo, Simpson et al.

    Sell Jonas at the start of the window see what we get and buy a younger hungrier replacement.

    Same with Willo, sell for 1-2M and buy a 22-23yo replacement.

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  • santoon

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #18

    he shouldnt risk either of them even though they really needed incase they get injured again and miss the rest of the season

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  • jettson1971

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Transfer Sage

    Accepted, however, what is stopping us making it clear we are going after these players, and actually doing something instead of keeping reports, which will end up going no where as other clubs will step in??

    I can’t fathom out why we can’t be tieing up deals for Douglas, Pieters, Sissoko, etc, they indicate they are interested, they coming near end of contract, £10-12m investment now i covered by a 70% increase in tv revenue, I know the fat controller likes to gamble, but the stakes are far too high now!!

    As for Pards, well i think this season has shown he is not upto the job, great last season, but sorry, he has been shown wanting this time round, no tactics, no plan b, very poor and no other manger anywhere would still be in post after this record of defeats.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #20

    One player that would be available for cheap is Emmanuel Riviere! Young, was my favourite player when he was at st ettiene, pacey striker who can also play on the wings! Doesnt suit how toulouse play and they will sell as they have cash problems and want to keep ben yedder

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  • jettson1971

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Beattie25

    Lol – but totally agree, Sammy is not even Div 1 standard, i posted yesterday saying that i think he believes he has made it! well thats so far wrong its unbelievable, he is no more a footballer than his brother! there was not an ounce of fight or commitment in his performance, it was awful, one of the worst iv ever seen from a young pro who should be trying 125% to make an impression, young, cocky and arrogant! he will get no where in his career in my opinion!

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  • ash1001

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Transfer Sage #11

    Re “try to get the best deal possible, we have to hang around a while and see if a price drops”

    Thought we had a billionaire owner, up to the present time we have spent a net figure of £1.1 million this season, last season it was £11.6 million and the two years before that it was a profit of + £24.75 million and +£24.0 million

    So we are well in credit on transfers. whos to blame Ashley, Llambias and Pardew, and us as FANS for putting up with it.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Any one noticed santons performances since jonas was dropped?? Or jose enriques since he left?? Think jonas does more for the team than people realise, hoping he looks a new player after being out for a bit

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Jettson

    I agree the progress should be much quicker.

    But just because there is no reported bids and clubs aren’t confirming anything doesn’t mean we haven’t been in discussions. No formal bids may have been made but clubs could be talking.

    We saw the plan backfired in the summer so I get why everyone is sceptical, I am myself.

    I’m still confident we will bring in 2 more players this window.

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Doubt they have heard of old Trafford. Should send them a mail and he might get a trial. To show if he got the speed and strength.

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #26

    Repost from previous thread

    Bambams

    Both re exceptionally quick PEA is the faster of the 2, Both very tricky players and due to versatility both not seen as out and out strikers

    For my money Remy is the better player and safer target, PEA has been at a few clubs where he hasn’t made an impact and really only peaked at St Etienne, never set the world alight at either AC or Lille (loan), Remy has been great at Lens and Marseille and he came through Lyon where he didn’t really get a chance

    Hope this sheds a touch of light

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    Ash

    I posted the transfer figures last night. We have made 34mil over the last 5 seasons in transfer profit.

    We have a billionaire owner but that doesn’t mean he has a load of free money to chuck around, most of his money is tied up in his assets, sports direct and NUFC.

    He isn’t like abramovich where he has a bank account with 10 billion to spend as he wants.

    I’m not saying he has got it right, we should spend more.

    I want to see a couple signings this window, a CF/winger and a CB.

    The summer coming will be his biggest test…we are currently breaking even so when TV money goes up by £20mil that is free so to speak, not needed for other things….so surely we can spend a good chunk of that on top of what we already had assigned for transfers.

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  • WorJordi

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    @ Beattie 25
    Im with you on this lad regarding Sammy.
    His attitude is liek ” well Im here Ive made it so like it or lump it.
    I basically agree with most of what you write and I dont know how you stay calm enough throughout to write and express yourself.
    I am still seething about Saturday in fact about he whole season.
    For what its worth I reckon Ashley being a gambler has probably covered his losses already and thinks it fun to watch us all go through this sh-te.
    Gotta go or I’ll be writing all day about the club I love and support and the way we are being slowly strangled ….its outrageous.
    Keep the faith
    HWTL

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #29

    sage

    P.E.A is aubameyang at st etienne

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  • nimo

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    cheers gaz , read blog everyday but too many itk now, even though i don’t claim to be itk just pass on What i hear from my mate who work in France for Leeds united sxouting system…
    from What i heard newcastle spoke to remys guys in December, the noises were he had heard spurs and arsenal were interested but wanted to hold out to see if bids came in for bale and walcott so remy has said he wants to weigh up his options at later date.. since then think he’s more keen on coming to toon but now were not sure on him as his heart may notb in it.. for this reason there favouring pea at the moment and it would free up more for a cb which we are looking at sakho and mbwia from France as first choice.. (may be others from other leagues only know French), sissokho is a no go unless we lose a midfielder, ..
    all the talk bout Ben arfa and pardrw falling out is rubbish, the team fully behind him and made board aware of this..
    and i know we all want instant success but with Debuchy the sake of 6month saved us close to €3mill , i don’t like it but it is how the clubs being run, we also bid €13mill for remy in the summer which was rejected straight up, looks like could save a fortune there and don’t be suprised to hear us linked with loris nery in the coming days..

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #31

    Nimo

    Good update.

    Any info on how close we are to getting one of those CB’s in?

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  • DarloGeordie

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #32

    You would think we’re playing full contact rugby union our team are a bunch of tinkerbells it’s been like this for a couple of seasons now, our physio’s are the hardest working staff at the club because the players aren’t….

    2 months off work full pay yes please. Good news on Colo and Cisse… Jonas’ workrate goes un noticed, these next few matches are so so so important if we lose the next two then I’m sorry pardew needs to go.

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #33

    I agree – Jonas’ work rate goes very much unnoticed. People need to forget about the ‘old’ Jonas and accept the more defensive player he has become.

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #34

    Bits of new info. It said something of Remy weighing up his alternatives in December articles. But Nery was new. He have been mentioned by bloggers. And bids on 13 m I haven’t heard before.

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #35

    I don’t know if its already been mentioned but in my professional opinion, remy’s heart condition isn’t a major concern in the same way Muamba / Morosini’s was. Relatively unnoticed unless being tested at the highest level, and no adverse affects on performance or health. Nwankwo Kanu coped fine and nobody has mentioned the Mo Diame shouldn’t be signed because of HIS heart defect! Nothing of major concern IMO but something medical teams keep an eye on and on record as course.

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  • theroosta

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #36

    Hopefully cisse will get some quality service if he is playing through the middle, maybe debuchy can get that quality in there and santon who along with obertan can provide after having shockas last week, they owe us big style, they better stand up and be counted along with th rest of our players, its another long trip for our fans, pull your fingers out.

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #37

    People aren’t worried about Loic remy’s heart condition are they?

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #38

    And Nimo what about Mirin? Why would Sakho leave?

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #39

    In my professional opinion is its more for reference and the medical teams to keep in mind. Not something that would affect his performance or more importantly, his health. Competing at the top is more than possible.

    Mo Diame? Kanu?

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  • geoff777

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Torq Toon

    Jonas can’t cross, can’t shoot and isn’t a defender.
    Now he’s lost a yard of pace he’s the new Alan Smith.
    He has more cards this year, time to sell and replace him.

    Why do we put up with all these “brown” players?
    Sell them and buy younger players with potential to be “purples”.

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