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 — 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:
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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