We got a great win yesterday that left Newcastle to 13th place in the table – the highest we’ve been for several months, and now we hear that Ben Arfa is fit again and could even make the Sunderland game next Sunday – and now more good news that Massadio Haidara is fit again and could start the Benfica game on Thursday night.
We cannot take much more of this good news. 😀
That ridiculous McManaman tackle on Massadio Haidara
It’s just over three weeks since Massadio was carried off on a stretcher, after that terrible tackle from Callum McManaman at Wigan, which went completely unpunished.
And with Davide Santon being carried off yesterday with what looks like a hamstring injury – and maybe a bad one at that – Massadio could even get a late run in the Newcastle first team – and of course the lad has looked a very good player in the black and white stripes of Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“Sadio trained on Monday,” “There’s a good chance he could be involved on Thursday if we think he’s OK.”
Massadio will get a great welcome back from Newcastle fans – if he can make the game on Thursday night.
Newcastle will have a tough task on Thursday night, after being beaten 3-1 in last week’s first leg at the Estadio da Luz – but we gifted them two second half goals.
Our best chance seems to be to win 2-0 – but the key is ensuring the don’t score, which will be difficult because then if they get a goal we’d need four goals to win the game and three goals to get to extra time.
And Benfica won again yesterday, winning 2-0 on the road at Olhanense, for their 12th win in a row in all competitions.
And Ryan Taylor could even see some action in a few weeks, as he is recovering well from his serious ACL injury he picked up against Atromitos last August.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say about Ryan today:
“Ryan’s going to train on Monday, but he’s still two or three weeks away, we think,”
It will be good to get some of our players back for the last six league games of the season, and we may still be able to finish in 10th place (or higher), and we are only 3 points out of 10th placed Fulham – four points if you consider goal difference.
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