In his first interview with nufcTV on Monday after signing on at Newcastle on a one year loan deal, French International Loic Remy said he had injured his calf, but it seems that injury will keep him from starting at Manchester City a week on Monday, but he could make the bench – and he hasn’t trained for three weeks.
Shola Ameobi – scored 4th goal of pre-season last night at Ibrox
Newcastle drew 1-1 against Rangers last night, and Newcastle found it very difficult to get the ball in the back of the net, and there were not too many chances either.
And after the game Alan Pardew made the point that Newcastle still need more scoring power up front, but the bad news is that Remy is not particularly in good condition and will need to work very hard to get fit as quickly as possible.
This is what Alan said to the press after the game last night:
“We need more firepower.” “We needed that other option to Papiss.” “Shola Ameobi is coming on nicely, and Gouffran is coming on too. We have a nice little pool there now. Hopefully, we still have another player to come in, maybe two.”
“The problem we have is that Remy’s got a calf injury. We weren’t under the knowledge that he hadn’t trained for three weeks. So really and truly, he needs a bit of a pre-season.”
“We’ll have to cram it in somehow. I think it would be unfair on the other players if he jumped ahead of them if he wasn’t right. He has a lot of work to do in a short amount of time.”
“I don’t think he will make Manchester City, but he could be in condition enough to make the bench, and certainly make West Ham on August 24.”
Joe Kinnear in retrospect did very well to get Remy to Tyneside, even though he made a horrendous start to his second stint on Tyneside with that talkSPORT interview.
And from what Lyon President Jean-Michael Aulas said last night, Newcastle have conducted their business for Bafe Gomis in a professional manner.
But French club Marseilles have been trying to wreck the deal in the last several days, and Aulas has reported their actions to the French Professional Football League,. which we reported earlier today.
It’s good that Shola Ameobi seems to be in good goal-scoring form, and of course Yoan Gouffran is a better player than most of us realize, and at least we’re better off then we were in the second half of last season.
So we’ll see the Newcastle coaches and medics trying to get Loic Remy up to speed very quickly, in the next couple of weeks.
Hopefully at most he’ll only miss the game at Manchester City.
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