Last Saturday there was a late scare about both Fabricio Coloccini and Loic Remy being doubtful to face Cardiff City, with Fab having picked up a knock near the end of the previous game at Everton, and Loic Remy having turned his ankle in training and less likely to start of the two.
Loic Remy scoring his first goal at Cardiff – a great effort
And Alan Pardew has verified today that Loic Remy was indeed suffering from an ankle injury, so thank goodness both players were fit enough, especially Loic, who is in fine goal scoring form at the moment.
And of course he scored two excellent first half goals in that game, and that’s the best 45 minutes Newcastle have ever played under Alan Pardew, according to the manager, and we could (should) have been more than 2-0 up at the break.
It turns out the French International passed a late fitness test on Saturday, and the rest is history, with Newcastle getting an excellent win and Loic being the goal hero.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“Loic nearly didn’t play,” “He had a sore ankle. It’s lucky he did, as they were two great goals.” “So we didn’t want to risk him in the last 20 minutes. He’s OK.”
Loic should start the friendly game tonight against Australia in Paris, and then next Tuesday night is another home game against Finland in their final qualifying game.
While France currently have the same number of points as Spain in Group I, Spain have a better goal difference and have two games remaining – one tonight at home to Belarus and then another at home to Georgia next Tuesday night.
So 4 points from those game will definitely have the current European and World Champions win the group and qualify for Brazil next summer.
And that would mean France will be in a two game playoff to reach the finals, and for the sake of our French players, we hope they can make it to the finals.
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