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Full Injury Update – Tiote, Debuchy Back For Sunderland Game

6:19 pm, Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 67 Comments

There was some bad news this afternoon from manager Alan Pardew, when he told the Newcastle press that Steven Taylor had injured a knee in training this morning, and was very unlikely to play tomorrow night against Benfica – we don’t know if the injury rules him out of  the Sunderland game.

mathieu debuchy wheres the ball

Mathieu Debuchy – fit for Sunderland game

But James Perch seems to be fit again, and he could partner Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in central defense, but we have a sneaking suspicion that 6’4″ Mike Williamson might get a game tomorrow night, to add some height to the Newcastle defense, to combat the aerial threat of 6’4″ Paraguay International Óscar Cardozo.

That will depend a lot on how Mike has been showing up in training recently – and good newson  Tiote and Debuchy from Alan Pardew this afternoon:

“Cheick Tiote and Mathieu Debuchy – who’s obviously unavailable – are both going to be training tomorrow, which is good news for us.”

So it could be that both Debuchy and Tiote start the game against Sunderland on Sunday,  and that will give us fresh legs – which we didn’t have in that first half last Sunday against Fulham.

And 20 year-old Massadio Haidara is also fit following the knee injury he picked up at Wigan, following that disastrous tackle by Callum McManaman, and it would be great to see Massadio start the game tomorrow night.

Ben Arfa is in the squad for tomorrow night too, and he could make a cameo performance, but we think he will likely start against Sunderland on Sunday.

So it seems that by Sunday we’ll have Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch, Massadio Haidara, Mathieu Debuchy and Cheick Tiote back – and the news is that Fab Coloccini is coming along well too, and he could make the game at West Brom a week on Saturday, and that means he’s been out eight weeks with that back problem.

Whatever happens tomorrow night, it seems we’ll have most of our players back for the remaining six league games of the season – and we need to pick up as many points as we possibly can – and we may even finish in the top ten.

That would be terrific – given all the many injuries we’ve had this season.

Comments welcome.

Note:  For those attending Thursday’s game (and Sunday too) please bring your scarves to the the game, as there is an effort to recreate the atmosphere at Alan Shearer’s testimonial, and hopefully inspire our lads to two famous wins.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Hatem Ben Arfa · Injuries · Massadio Haidara · Mathieu Debuchy · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News

67 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BIGUPNUFC // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:25 PM


  • 2 Rotonda heights // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    they don’t play many aerial balls so I’d take perch

  • 3 Mattyg84 // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I’ve got a spare ticket in the Milburn for tomorrow night if anyone wants it? Paid £20 for it but my friend couldn’t make it. We are now going as a 3 I stead of 4. Paid £20 for it so would want the same and no more.

  • 4 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM


    I doubt that is the case, but the whole scenario is off somewhere. It’s been a bit of a farce by everyone involved. My spider sence is pointing towards a poor attidude by Ben Arfa while back in France. Pardew did give him a bollicking when he returned I think I recall.

    Probably a mixture of things. Lack of commitment by Ben Arfa not keeping himself in shape in regards to his lifestyle and diet. Poorly treated over in France. Could be anything. This long a spell out without an operation seems really strange though. Even if he was operated on he would of been back alot sooner than this. I don’t buy all these miraculous recoverys. Infact it’s hardly a miraculous recovery is it haha? He’s been out since December!

    “Miraculous recovery”. Probable football translation = His attitude and motivation has now been corrected and he will now come into contention!

    Alreet Jesper,

    Im unsure how Pardew would fit into this? Surely as a manager you send your player off to recover trusting he will be in the best possible hands? And that he will return good as new? The player in question will have the correct attitude whilst away as this is his responsibility as a professional footballer?

    Im under the impression a manager is guided and given imformation regarding injuries by his medical staff. The manager is just waiting for the green light to be given when he is in ready.

    This is when the player returns to training to raise his fitness and gain match experience bringing him into contention for the first team. The manager will then assess him, talk to him to see how he feels. If he maybe suffering from any discomfort in regards to the injury? If he is ready and the player says he is then it’s all systems go.

  • 5 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    We really need to go all out for the 2 nil win 2moro cause we will be gutted if we rested players and then everyone comes back fit at the end of the season and we have missed a great chance to win a trophy

    The derby will take care of its self if we turn up and battle we will beat them no bother Sunderland are shite they also have no Graham , Fletcher, Cattermole and Gardner for the game cause of injury suspension

    their best player by a mile is the goalkeeper which tells you everything you need to know about them Championship cannon fodder at best and we should be sweeping trash like that aside

  • 6 kevymartins // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    The way they play is full on fast and early high pressure we need to catch them out on the break as we seen cisse could have had 3 or 4 against them…we need passers on the pitch cabaye could easily take 5 to 6 players out off it with one pass

    If its are day we will win 2-0 no doubt

  • 7 Readingmag // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    The question is loose on Thursday or Sunday…..players coming back from injury, cannot risk them…..One choice only…..I know mine and Shola scores the winner. Whats yours..?????????

  • 8 Ravensd // Apr 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Benfica should be a win, as Cisse has to be feeling ready to have a go after that last minute goal. Hopefully he keeps putting them on net and gets a little luckier this time. And who knows, maybe willo will show us up and get a goal, because we all know saylors headers are a waste of possession.

    As for scummy Sunday, shola should be rested and ready to slay the SMBs.

  • 9 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Clever publicity move by the club having 1D at training today.

    These lads are huge across the globe.

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Prodigy…Did you get down there and get an autograph?

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Prodigy…Either way it is Alan’s responsibility.

    I don’t know if you work or study, but if you are the manager than you are responsible for your team; it is up to you to make sure the job is done.

    You might have someone working for you, you might outsource the job, but it is still your responsibility.

    Someone might have screwed up somewhere along the line and Pardew have probably been a bit naive.

    It is still his responsibility. If he doesn’t feel he have enough contact and hands on with Benny being in France, then keep him in Newcastle and send him to a specialist or two for treatment.

    The last thing I read is that this was what they did this time and maybe that is why he is fit now?

    They have managed him correctly this time.

    Like I said this is my point of view I don’t expect you to share it!

  • 12 Tsunki // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    No, prodigy passed out from the excitement. Same as I did when Chaka demus & Pliers opened a Spar in Macclesfield. And I wasn’t even there.

  • 13 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Evening Ibiza,

    I couldn’t get the transport mate, the local NHS thought it was an obsurd request to send patient transport for an elderly person 😉

    On a serious note, it’s very clever. The lads fitted in our black and white strips are popping up across the world on their fanatical websites.

    To my knowledge, (uh, herm) they are at the moment the number one boy band in the world.

  • 14 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Tsunki….Who didn’t get caught up in that hysteria? I mean a Spar in Macclesfield…just wow.

  • 15 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Prodigy….Pesky NHS. Should be looking after the elderly like yourself. Country has gone to sh*t mate :)

    Great publicity really. I wont pass comment however on how they rank as far as best boy band in the world 😉

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    it’s not all systems go if he plays from the start on a plastic pitch in sub zero temperatures. yes technically he may have been ready but even a minute bit of common sense would suggest given any one of those 3 factors it was perhaps not ideal and a good idea to bring someone back under those conditions.

  • 17 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:15 PM


    I think thats a bit harsh mate. I mean, managers can’t be seen to be walking about with scalpals cutting open players legs to check when they return for assessment. I think they all hold responsibilty at some point down the line, but ultimately, that responsibilty is with the medical staff looking after our player. They should really be returning in great shape at this level of football.

    It would be nice if Pardew was also a top class surgeon though 😉

    All in good humour.

  • 18 kevymartins // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I have a gut feeling we will all be signing ryan taylor over the wall from the rooftops after the benfica game

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Prodigy…I think you miss my point 😉

    …any way if it all goes to shitter then I am sure the medics will still be employed at Newcastle but Pardew might need to look for a new job!

    And that is because at the end of the day he is the manager and he is paid the bif bucks :-)

    What does medics really do? they are not specialists and here in Denmark if you go to the doctor and is it something that demands more than note to the pharmacy then you are aend to a specialist.

    I have only heard that Benny went to a specialist this time around and had the proper scan. And he it fit now after these four months of madnes.

    Prodigy just my opinion mate :-) Ask someone else and you will get another one lol

  • 20 toonicle // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    I’d rather see Perch at CB over Williamson. If for no other reason than the fact that Perch has played recently and Wils hasn’t been on in months.

  • 21 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Who started Jesper off with his Pardews handling of Benny and who is responsible debate again?

    I want a name and that person best hide! :)

  • 22 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM


    I was all set, you just can’t get the help these days. Two secs, just need to change this CD 😉


    I agree, those conditions were poor. But, he was supposed to be fit and ready. These set backs happen, it could of quite easy happened in Newcastle at St James. Its freezing here haha.

    Im more concerned how he has been out four months with a hamstring, I hope his attitude is not taking a wrong course.

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Ibiza…I am going to point to Prodigy 😉 lol

  • 24 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:27 PM


    Im in stitches at your Chaka Demus & Pliers comment. Well played :)

  • 25 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Jesper…Thank you good sir.

    Prodigy….Run! Run very fast. You could even have some 1D playing on your IPOD to help you along :)

    Right guys, I am going to go. Short and sweet today.

    Take it easy.


  • 26 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Take care and remember to go Ibiza allover that employee’s arse in the morning 😉 lol

  • 27 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    *is quickly getting ready for work tonight!*

    Jesper, how could you!

    Im off lads, work beckons once again!

    Have a pleasant evening, speak to you lot 2moro at game time.


  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I am going to hit the couch as well and have a cup of caffetier coffee!

    …until tomorrow. See you at game time or something!

  • 29 Spoof // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Jesper, Pardew is a football manager, not a doctor or a physiotherapist, to blame Pardew or any other manager for a player’s injury too be mis-treat is totally wrong, BenArfa’s injury may have been badly handled but you can’t blame the manager, he can only act upon the advice given to him

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Prodigy…sorry mate 😉

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Spoof…I am off you are going to to have to open that can of worms with someone else.

    It is not about Pardew credensials but about responsibility and who has the finale say.

    We don’t know what the medics have said or what there knowledge are of hamstrings. Scans will reviel the seriousness of a hamstring and this time we know he has had a scan a seen more than one specialist.

    And now he is fit!

    Make up your own mind mate. I think they rushed Benny and I don’t think he got the right scan and saw the right specialist the first time.

    I am off.

  • 32 BeeGuy // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Strange business this Ben-Arfa. Is he thinking to get out if there is no Euopean football next year? If I’m Padew, I announce he is knackered for the last game to keep other clubs shy of HBA.

    Isn’t NUFC about due to score more than 1 or 2 goals in a game? A few years ago we had some 6 spots. This year, nothing like that.

  • 33 deyansabourian // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    is the game on tv tomorrow? what channel? showing live?

  • 34 yo-yo // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    The story was that Benny had some residual scar tissue in the hamstring which showed up in the scan. It was this that was slowing his recovery – presumably they’ve got some specialist treatment that has worked.

    I am amazed you think a football club doesn’t have specialist musculo-skeletal medics though even a GP knows there are different grades of hamstring damage.

  • 35 check the toastie // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Lets face it for all his undoubted talent and skills, Ben Arfa is one weird complex little f##ker, has always caused bother everywere hes gone, think Pardew has tried to cut him some slack and keep him sweet, maybe given him too much rope and the boy has took the piss,

    Pardew stated he was concerned about his condition and since he has not been sighted, i imagine he has been told to sort himself out lose some weight show some application or he is not playing, he has and is now ready to rock and roll, it is only a matter of time before the lad falls out with the club, shame but personally think it is inevitable, the best we can hope for is a amazing next 12 months and get him sold to PSG for 35 million,

  • 36 Spoof // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    @32, it is, itv4

  • 37 Ravensd // Apr 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    @ check

    Psg would never pay that. They have money but they also have sense. Its Liverpool that have neither but would pay that price anyway

  • 38 yo-yo // Apr 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    PSG for £20m or bindippers for £35m Hmm there’s a choice

  • 39 Ravensd // Apr 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Needless to say we will see benny on loan at West ham by next January

  • 40 spitfire_ // Apr 10, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    The injury crisys is not enough… now the lads must fight with the One Erection curse.

  • 41 northernirishtoon // Apr 10, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Gees that Lucas moura is some player. Great to watch. Not too dissimilar from our very own mercurial winger

  • 42 northernirishtoon // Apr 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Hope he rips Benfica a new arsehole 2moro nite

  • 43 kevymartins // Apr 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    OOOH psg could go through here

  • 44 hotdog // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    northernirish – Aye agree, still love watching iniesta though, sheer quality that lad.

    see those sunbeds are catching up with bez :-)

  • 45 do the hatem shake // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    well lets save the blog again

  • 46 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    cisse is getting back to the form we know he is capable of. i fancy him to net his (first?) hattrick for us tomorrow and send us wild. he and marv seem to have a great understanding

    oh and for all cabaye slaters of last game, it was he that got cisses assist as he so often does

  • 47 Toon Tang // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    chucking tiote in against scumderland is a gourmet recipe for disaster

  • 48 hotdog // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    oooh cisse – thats a stretch of yer urmmm big toe – If a poor shot from the edge of the area counts as an assist, ive had loads over the years haha

  • 49 hotdog // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    toon tang – yip agree – if catermole was playing for them id be having a little wadger on him walking, same as tiote im afraid, not that id bet on a toon player walking of course.

  • 50 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    hoffenheim likely to be relegated from bundesliga, we should be looking at beck their rb, would be great cover, also derdiyok

  • 51 hotdog // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Gary Neville is class commentator, after Iniesta magic “ooh dear me, that would have done me” haha

  • 52 Jayden // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    hotdog – Another Iniesta admirer? He’s definitely my fav player outside of NUFC. Pure class.

  • 53 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    never liked Gary as a player, but as a pundit and commentator i think he is top class

  • 54 hotdog // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Im sure some of these barca players must be wanting to come and win a trophy and Mr.Robson’s dearest club. Iniesta to lead the exodus :-)

    Aye remember giving Neville serious abuse from my seat in the east stand, as you do but top pundit compared to say erm Shearer!!

  • 55 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    i would rather play colo with a busted back than willo…

  • 56 hotdog // Apr 10, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Ok Cisse Big toe, are you really Ibiza or TADS. Bringing Willo up is not funny :-/

  • 57 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Hatem Ben Arfa is reportedly open to a move away from Newcastle United and Brendan Rodgers is said to be a big fan of the Frenchman.

    do these papers just exude bullshite or what

  • 58 Toon Tang // Apr 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    yea gary nevskins is a decent pundit and knows what he’s talking about. I just cant stand the voice, that’s my only problem with him. I think he’s toned it down a bit since he first started though because its nowhere near as bad as it was.

  • 59 Ravensd // Apr 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Has he toned it down since he orgasmed all over the microphone at agueros final goal last season?

  • 60 Toon Tang // Apr 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    ravensd – it may have toned down since that torres one in the champions league last season haha

    there it is if you missed it.

  • 61 GeorgeNUFC // Apr 10, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    @Ravensd I think it was Torres’ goal he orgasmed over 😛

  • 62 ginola_tonic // Apr 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Never knew emre still playing for fenerbache. Thought he died ages ago.

  • 63 pawl250 // Apr 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Think my team if STaylor is injured would be.

    ——————— KRUL ———————
    ——– ANITA — CABAYE – JONAS ——-


  • 64 Ravensd // Apr 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Ahh too true, my mistake. Must have been supressing the memory for some reason

  • 65 Ravensd // Apr 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM


    Glad to see you included Anita. Lads done a good job linking our play together and deserves to keep playing. He’s been sniffing around goal a few times too so hopefully he’s got something in his locker for this one

  • 66 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I’d go Perch above Willo just as he’s slightly better on the ground. I always fear they’ll both give away a penalty. Willo by pulling down his man and Perch with his late tackles. Maybe he’ll stay on his feet at CB

  • 67 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM


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