Newcastle Injury Update – Captain Close To Comeback?


Cheick Tiote came off early in the second half on Saturday, and at the time we weren’t  exactly sure why he was replaced so early by Vurnon Anita, but he was feeling his thigh, and Alan Pardew replaced him just to make sure he didn’t further damage the thigh muscle.

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Cheick Tiote – in action on Saturday

Of course Vurnon Anita took his opportunity to show the manager yet again what a good player he is becoming at Newcastle, now that he is getting used to the physical nature of the Premier League, and he brilliantly set up Loic Remy’s late dramatic goal that sealed a famous win for Newcastle against Chelsea.

Alan Pardew said this about his stand-in captain after the game:

“Cheick’s fine,”“He’ll be OK. He’ll train Thursday.”

Our next game is at Tottenham at noon on Sunday, and Cheick will train on Thursday, and he is expected to be fit for the game.

Of course if he’s not fit for the game at Tottenham, Vurnon Anita is a very capable deputy and in fact is pushing hard for a starting position in midfield, and the Dutchman has always been a very good technical player, but now he gets stuck in, and seems to be improving   this season – which is great.

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Fabricio Coloccini – fit for Tottenham?

And it seems that captain Fabricio Coloccini will increase his training this week, as he recovers from the groin injury he sustained on International duty, and he may even be fit enough for the game in London on Sunday.

Steven Taylor is still recovering from a hamstring injury, which has kept him out for a couple of months now, but the local lad will not be fit for Sunday, although he may make it  for the next game after Tottenham, which is  at home to Norwich on November 23rd, after the two week International break.

And that will be a good test for Newcastle, because we will be expected to beat Norwich City at home.

Since there are no games for two weeks, it would be good to get a result at Tottenham next Sunday, although that will be yet another tough game, against another in-form side.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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236 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Anita a run of games to get into form – he said to Alan

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  • USAGEORDIE

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #2

    We are a completely different team when Debuchy plays well. I think our midfield it strong with either Anita or Tiote and our central defense is strong with either coloccin or Williamson, Debuchy is the real reason for our success

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #3

    I certainly don’t see Pardew as the future of the club, but for people to be critical of the performance on Saturday is ludicrous. We had a game plan to sit and frustrate them early doors, and build into the game as it went on. It worked perfectly. Surely that is a plus in Pardew’s column in everyone’s book?? We even played some excellent football in the second half.

    Yes, if they had scored while we sat back then it could have been very different, but they didn’t, and other than the 2 set pieces didn’t really test Krul at all.

    To say that if we play like that we won’t win other games is about as negative as it gets. You can play incredible football and not always win, so the argument there is a bit pointless.

    Yes, he doesn’t always get the game plan right, but surely when he does he should be praised for it. Credit where credits due.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #4

    catchy

    if not being a fan means wanting to sack the manager because of a bad run of results or we dont play like barca its true but we dont have a club like that fyi i didnt want hughton sacked and pards was not at the top of my wish list as a replacement but we have him so thats the way it is but to put him bottom of your list is unfair have a look at it again apart from the late sbr where are they all not exactly setting the world alight are they

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Anita must start games, he was outstanding when he came on – great touch before pulling back to Remy. I’d sacrifice Sissoko, although he was much improved at the weekend, he looked like the same player that played against Chelsea last season, not the one who was easily shrugged off the ball by Colback last week.

    Great to see Shola do a job up top. We held the ball up far better with him in the side, same against City through the week. It allows us to build play far more effectively. He isn’t a star turn, but he gives us a platform to build on which Cisse, and HBA when he played up top failed to give us.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #6

    tuff

    i refer to haters as people who descend to personal abuse the sort i have read on here that would be investigated if posted on twitter i apolgise for the use of the phrase num nuts i lost my temper

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    All for of CM players have a good argument for being starters. Bound to be injuries over the course of a season they should all get a decent amount of gametime.

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  • Scottiedog

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Do you bring Collo straight back in when Willo & Mbiwa are playing well?? For me I would put Collo on the bench and see how the game goes as he is not match fit!?!?!?

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #9

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/movember-best-newcastle-united-fc-6270221?

    The Chron are struggling for stories now the interviews have dried up.

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Anita is a great player.I agree he is really coming into his own from an attacking standpoint. Defensively though,, he is not strong enough to play the CDM role.
    I see him as top notch utility player but if Cheick were out injured Id play sissoko in defensive midfield instead of Vurnon.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #11

    lilongwe

    yes anita seems to have finally adapted to the physical nature of the epl

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Tequila,
    I agree, each have their merits. But for me, you play players in form, and leave out those that aren’t in the best of form. Currently, when Anita has played he has been far superior to Sissoko, and also has far more consistency to his game than Cabaye. If Anita then hit a bad patch of form, then I would be just as keen to switch him out for whichever player had missed out.

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #13

    No way is colocinni displacing either of Willo or Mbiwa. No way should that be allowed to happen.

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Anita is a good back up to have should cabs get injured but no way can he bench cabaye. Cabaye is a match winner. A trully special player. There are things cabaye does with the ball anita couldnt do in his wildest dreams. He should be considered instead of Sissoko for the left defensive midfield role Gutierez used to play

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  • daztoon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #15

    No way is Anita a back up the lad and should play alongside Cabaye the two complement each others game

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Wolfs,
    I think he was pretty well adapted last season, when he had a run of Prem games he got MOM in almost all of them. As i have said before though, last season, Pardew was struggling in a rut, and thought best to stick with tried and trusted Prem campaigner Tiote, and equally Jonas. Whilst I disagree with it, I can see good reasoning for sticking with Tiote and Cabaye through their poor form when we are in a relegation battle.

    He just adds that ability to keep us ticking, always showing and wanting to keep the ball moving. He also has that little bit extra when he needs it to do something fantastic. He is no playmaker like Cabaye, powerful runner like Sissoko, or outright battler like Tiote but he certainly adds to our team whenever he plays this season.

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Lilo, Form should definitely come into it but I think formation will also play a part. I think Pardew will stick with what was essentially the 442 formation he used against Chelsea, at least for the Spurs game .Sissoko played the wing role pretty well . Tiote and Cabaye are pretty much nailed on starters if fit. Having said that I think if it was a choice for CM I would pick Anita.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #18

    I would definitely bring Colo back into the lineup as soon as possible and use Mbiwa as the LB. I like Santon but I think Mbiwa is the better player. Keep Willo in there as long as he maintains his form. Saylor is having another of those injury filled seasons. What else is new? We are still thin at CB with Saylor’s endless injury problems and Colo will be leaving when his contract expires (he is over 30 now anyway). If we had a proper DoF maybe he could start doing a job for us.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Scottie,
    Agree, keep the 2 together for now. No one should be a guaranteed starter, Colo should have to earn his place in training.

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  • toonking

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #20

    the fact colo could well be returning this weekend could well and truly give pardew his biggest decision of thhe season so far.

    on the one hand colo is our captain and was very professional to have stayed with us.

    but then we have got what is now looking like a very decent defense being made and also tiote himself is showing the signs a a great captain.

    if any player were to be dropped I would go for santon but the best thing I see would be to keep colo on the bench and see how this back 4 continues.

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  • MosesNUFC

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Lilongwe its ridiculous for you to say that pardew isn’t the future of the club. He’s had one magnificent season, and one bad season, this is his season to prove himself. And he’s doing ok at the moment. Yes he’s had two derby losses, but they’re against a sunderland team who were motivated because of a new manager but yes it was partly his fault.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Tequila,
    It will be interesting to see whether Pardew sticks with the same set up against Spurs. I think the 433 he had been using would work better with Ameobi to hod the ball up then Cisse and HBA. But the 442 offers us more protection for our full backs.

    I reckon Anita would be fairly comfortable playing that right sided role as well, has all the technical aspects to do it and has the versatility. If Sissoko can continue like he did the other day though then I have no problems with him staying in.

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  • wynsleap

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Anita is starting to look the business. He is very mobile and alert to the opposition’s passing. His set up play for Remy’s goal on Saturday was superb. If Pardew insists on putting a fit Tiote back in the team, and let’s face it his past few performances have merited that, it’s going to be difficult for him to name his eleven against Spurs.
    Would like to see Cisse up front with Remy, however, as they looked more fluid than when the ever static Shola was on the field.
    Just think what this team could be capable of if Ashley had put his hand in his pocket in the last transfer window and made a couple of excellent additions to the squad. We’re not talking umpteen millions either just a little bit of investment.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Moses,
    How is it ridiculous?? If the fact he had one good and one bad is your argument, then your argument saying he is is just as ridiculous. Give me reasoned points for a discussion instead of just rubbishing an opinion.

    As for the two derby defeats, yes they do play a part, but just a small part in the matter. As for the new manager argument, you realise that with this ‘new manager motivation’ we are the only team that either manager has beaten in the league whilst at the club?

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Lilo yeah well I guess they will just have to do until we get Jonas back….

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Toonking – I agree. Willo and yanga have been more than competent of late.

    They deserve to keep their spot over colo.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #27

    wolfshead – fairplay – without doubt there are posters who will probably hate Percy equally there are those who do not think he is a good manager but may not hate him. So lumping them all as “haters” is probably a step too far.
    (It’s getting a bit dark now – I hope you’ve taken Rover for his last walk of the day).

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  • Graeme

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Given the way our defence has played the last 3 games, there simply isnt a “Walk -In” role for Colo. If he gets back in it has to be because someone got hurt or didnt perform. It must now be on the basis of performance and that means the back four that finished chelski should start at Spuds. With the possible exception of Tiote, who deserves his place on his performances anyway – tough on Anita though!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Tequila,
    I will look forward to having Jonas back, whilst he isn’t as good as he used to be, he is still an important member of our squad and there will be times when he is needed this season.

    I notice all the same attributes that were being given to Jonas when he first arrived are now being given to Goofy, I wonder if he knows what is in store for him in 3/4 years time!! 😉

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #30

    A quick update on Manly Men Inc for our many followers. We are over 200,000 employees now in 141 countries. Amazing what a little hair on your chest can do for you mates. 🙂

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #31

    guys i think you’s need to read ( the mag ) it sound to good

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #32

    G2…Have you thought about taking up sponsorship at SJP?

    The Manly Men Arena doesn’t sound too bad…

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #33
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza,
    Given Sanon’s personal grooming, and everchanging hairstyle, could he really play in a stadium called “Manly Men”

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #35

    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/pardews-job-under-pressure-again/?

    i’m starting to feel sorry for Pardew, i don’t like the guy but i respect his passion for football and our club.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #36

    *Santon

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  • Ian Toon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Lilongwe- sometimes a manager feels it’s worthwhile persisting with a player to get him into form. One such example is Tiote – he has been immense of late. Before he was injured he didn’t give Lampard a kick- before being subbed-don’t think I have seen him have a poorer game.

    He really brings a vibrancy to the midfield which has been sadly lacking and his more disciplined approach means less free kicks conceded in dangerous areas. Anita can be played in the same team but in a more advanced area.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Yes Ibiza! I love it mate. The Manly Men Arena! Beautiful. Chest hair on all the hoardings. I’ll have a word with Santon privately Lilongwe mate.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Lil…”Modern Manly Men Arena” then? I think you may be right. Mind you, we could argue that last season, when technically playing at Sports Direct Arena, that it wasn’t exactly very sporting…however, I suppose a lot of it was rather direct. Hmmm….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Manly Men Inc would also bring a vibrancy to Newcastle Ian mate. We are perfect for the Toon. What could be more manly than 50,000 screaming Geordies after all?

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