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Things Looking Better On Newcastle’s Injury Front

9:09 am, Saturday, March 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Both Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul are trying to get back playing as soon as possible and it looks good with Tim, since he trained all week, and according to the manager – he trained very well.

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Tim Krul – trained well all week

But it’s not so promising news for the captain, who is still feeling some pain in his back, and Coloccini is still maybe three weeks away from playing, but it’s being reported in the Evening Chronicle that Cheick Tiote, Davide Santon and Mathieu Debuchy are not long-term injury problems, although they are not in the squad today for the tough Manchester City game.

And 20 year-old left-back Massadio Haidara could even be starting the game in Lisbon on Thursday night, when Newcastle play Benfica in the first leg of the quarter finals of the Europa League – and that would be terrific news.

Alan is making no bones about the fact that this is an important time of the season for his team:

“This is the business end of the season – make no mistake.” “You’ve got to be at your best.” “We’ve had a lot of bad news. “When you think, we’ve got no Tim Krul, no Cheick and three of our full-backs out.”

“We’ve still had one of those seasons.” “It would be nice to have everybody fit for this game, but we haven’t.” “It’s going to be like that. I’ve said that all along – it hasn’t changed.”

“Tim’s trained all week, and trained well, but there’s been no game-related stuff.” “Colo’s not really in consideration for this weekend.” “He still feels a bit uncomfortable, so we think he’s two or three weeks away.”

“It’s just nice to have him in and around the building with the experience and everything else he brings.” “This is potentially a week where we could make a significant move forward in both competitions.”

“If we could get three or four points, I’d take that now, and a positive result in Benfica to get a full house for the return leg.” “I think Benfica would find that difficult. I’m really looking forward to it.”

“You can tell there’s a buzz around the place.” “We need a good performance today first and foremost.”

It seems that only Coloccini is still some weeks away from returning to the side, with the other players out with only short-term injuries, and that’s good news.

Alan Pardew has also said that Ben Arfa may even play again this season, but our view is that if the Frenchman needs surgery on his back, he should have it now – to ensure he is fit and ready to go in pre-season.

But of course he’s such a great player that Newcastle could really use him, especially if we reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.

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Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · Newcastle News · Premier League · Tim Krul



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Carryingcoals // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Despite Elliot deputising admirably, Krul has to be straight back in the team. He is such a great keeper. Kudos to Elliot though, he’s let nobody down amidst the uncertainty he first faced.

    The squad is developing for sure.

    Ibiza – not that this resident mackem would know anything of course ;)

  • 2 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Carrying…Agree with you on Krul. It’s not meant to reflect badly on Elliot, as you say, he’s done the business, but Krul is the better keeper and should be straight back in when ready.

  • 3 Graeme // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Why would Benny need surgery on his back? Thought he was out with a hamstring problem?

    Carrying – a mackem? Nah, just not gonna happen lol

  • 4 Carryingcoals // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Graeme I think Ed must have meant hamstring and its just a mistake.

    And no, a mackem… never! Rest assured.

    Seriously think that when we beat them in a few games time it will put them in the relegation zone :D

  • 5 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Graeme…It’s all a cover to keep him out until the summer so he can be sold….doom….gloom….etc etc.

    So anyone confident today or just hopeful?

  • 6 Graeme // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Carrying – you may be right re the mackems. Would be a shame to see them relegated, I mean its a regular 6 points without too much effort – but it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch!!

  • 7 Carryingcoals // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    ibiza

    Maybe with our strongest 11 we go there and cause a stir but I think we will see problems in the team today due to the absentees.

    I wonder where Perch will fit in? I hope we don’t put him left back.

    I’d like to see: (with who is available)

    Elliot
    Simpson Taylor Mbiwa Anita
    Perch Cabaye
    Jonas Sissoko Gouffran
    Cisse

    Can’t see us getting demolished, rather a standard 2-0 City win

  • 8 Carryingcoals // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Graeme

    My thoughts exactly!

  • 9 Carryingcoals // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    ibiza

    is this where you throw some of that good old optimism at me and assure me we will in fact gain some points?!

    And this is the real ibiza isn’t it… ha ?

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Carrying…I think I posted the same line up the other day, so yeah, completely agree.

    Graeme…I hope they narrowly avoid relegation, but it would be good to be the team to put them in the bottom 3 temporarily.

  • 11 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Carrying…This is the real Ibiza :) No extreme optimism today, just want to see the lads give it a go.

  • 12 Graeme // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Ibiza, always the bloody pessimist as usual eh lol!!

    They may as well leave Benny out of it unless he really is 100%. If he needs an op, get it done so he is fully recovered and fit to do a full “Pre-season”

    I will be happy as long as we go into the final game of the season 4 points above 3rd bottom and just right this season off as a disaster.

    With an alleged 3 “Purples” coming in during the summer, plus the team we have at the moment – praying that we lose none – then we should be capable of qualifying for Europe again the season after.

    Once we win Europa league in May, (I have my tickets!) that will give us 3 seasons in a row in Europe!! Problems? What problems lol.

  • 13 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Mar 30, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Graeme…I know mate, sorry for constantly bringing the good mood down :)

    I thought we had already won the EL?




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