Loic Remy was in training on Thursday at the Benton Training grounds and that was a good sign that the French International striker could still make the start of the season a week on Monday at the Etihad Stadium, even if he starts on the bench at Manchester City.
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The Queens Park Rangers striker has been suffering with a calf injury for the last three weeks, but was running around the training fields – which was a good sign.
Loic has not yet joined up with the main squad as the medics ensure his calf is OK, and we hope that fitness consultant Faye Downey is involved in his training.
And Loic will be introduced to the crowd before the game tonight against SC Braga, and we hope he gets a great reception from the fans.
If Remy cannot start at the Etihad, which seems likely then Newcastle will probably play Papiss Cisse up front and pack the midfield, and anything our of that game will be a bonus.
The next game at home to West Ham, but that will not be easy as Sam Allardyce always seems to do well at Newcastle, since being fired from Newcastle five and a half years ago.
West Ham won 1-0 in the same fixture last season with a goal in the first half from – who else but from former captain Kevin Nolan – who was great while he was on Tyneside.
Newcastle must get off to a good start in the league this season, and we need a win against the Hammers this time around.
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