It seems that the injury jinx may be hitting Newcastle again with Papiss Cisse sidelined with a virus and Fab Coloccini now out with his back injury anywhere form three to seven weeks – so that’s a blow to the side.
Alan Pardew – I have some great players
Of course Coloccini’s absence gives Yanga-Mbiwa a great run in the first team, so he can show what he can do for the club, but we’re not well off with strikers to replace Papiss Cisse, and we only have Shola Ameobi available.
Yoan Gouffran can play as an out-and-out striker, but he is cup-tied after playing for Bordeaux against Newcastle earlier in the season.
And we may even see young Adam Campbell on the subs bench tonight, and he could get a run out – depending on how the game is going in the second half.
Alan Pardew has talked about Papiss not being available:
“It is a blow – I thought he’d be ideal for this surface.” “It’s something we’ll have to overcome. It’s a virus, but the doc doesn’t think it’s going to kick in for too long.”
“But we obviously need him to train on Friday to get some air in his lungs.” “It’ll probably eliminate Shola from Sunday against Stoke City, if he plays. That wasn’t ideal. So it’s kind of worked out in a reverse way.”
“Nevertheless we’ve got great players in this team.”
Alan Pardew wasn’t even going to bring Ameobi to Moscow, because in the past it’s been advised that he not play on an artificial surface,. but although Pardew is a bit reluctant to use Shola – he doesn’t have many options -.
Maybe the best way of looking at this game – is the new Newcastle have a chance again to show how good they are against a good side in Europe.
A draw would be a great result for us tonight.
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