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Good News On The Newcastle Injury Front

5:55 pm, Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

There seems some good news on the injury front today and it seems that both Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa are fit for the tough match  at Old Trafford tomorrow, in the early 12:45 pm kick-off game.

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Papiss Cisse – a slight doubt for tomorrow’s game

It seems that Papiss Cisse is suffering from a heel injury and Hatem Ben Arfa was hit with a virus on Wednesday, and both players did not make the bench at the Liberty Stadium in the 3-0 defeat at Swansea.

Alan Pardew said in his press conference yesterday that there was no problem with Ben Arfa, and he would be fit for the game tomorrow at Manchester United, but he said it could be a little more touch and go with Cisse, but he is also expected to make the game tomorrow.

It could be that Ben Arfa will get a start tomorrow, and it remains to be seen how many changes Alan Pardew will make from the side that lost at Swansea, but it seems to be asking a lot to ask 32 year-old  Shola Ameobi to play his third game in just seven days, and that may be tempting fate, with Shola staying clear of injury for a while now.

No more injuries are reported, and Massadio Haidara corning on for Davide Santon early in the second half at the Liberty Stadium was a tactical switch by the manager, in the hope the impressive Frenchman could provide Newcastle with some energy, and certainly that was a missing commodity in that first half.

So the only real doubt is Papiss Cisse, so Alan Pardew will again have an almost fit squad to choose from tomorrow, and with this game only three days since the last game, surely Pardew will want to make at least two or three changes in the starting line-up.

What would your team be for tomorrow?

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Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Injuries · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse





10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ted Bundy // Dec 6, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    So, Shola vs Messi at the WC – the showdown of the century.

  • 2 Mister Tuff // Dec 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Just as well Bennys’ virus is sorted out -it could of meant that if he was ill in bed he would have missed his court appearance on Thursday morning.

  • 3 JAMSHA // Dec 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    good news cisse wont play.. bring on shola… sure he will score tomoro…

  • 4 Tsunki // Dec 6, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Ah. So, I suppose a bit of custard with my humble pie should ease it down. I suppose it’s why Hatem and Papiss weren’t selected, oh well. Still, Pards could have changed things up instead of fielding the same team but I will give him this round.

    If you are using Chrome for Android you will get those informative popups telling you you need to proceed to another link because ‘your system has virus’ or my personal favourite ‘your battery is too heat’, if you are using a tablet Firefox cuts those little blighters out. Here endeth the geek.

    Well done both recipients of the awards, a good November. Manure match should tell us what award is due for December :/

  • 5 JackButler // Dec 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Pardew will want to keep it tight tomorrow so the chances of HBA starting are slim to none

  • 6 Tsunki // Dec 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Ted B – I have the same problem as Hatem, international travel schedule hectic, poor mail administration and I never know who has been speeding around Gosforth in my Veyron from one day to the next. Still, 2 1/2 grand is pocket shrapnel, and I don’t need to drive anyway I can get lifts off Cheick….

  • 7 89Norcal // Dec 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    @JB
    So we’ve lumped catchy into the Kets & indian magpie group already? I was wasting my time then.

    anyways not sure how Cisse being fit is a real plus atm :)

  • 8 bills-son // Dec 6, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Playing HBA all depends on how he has reacted and trained since being dropped. If he does play he might get some change out of Evra but if he plays on the wing we need to go 451 with Remy up top.

    Debuchy has come on a ton lately and he might not be as much of a defensive weakness now with HBA in front of him as he was before.

    Moving Sissoko inside would get us some strong running with the ball through the middle something we rarely get out of Cabaye.

    I’d be strongly tempted to start with HBA.

  • 9 LGFUAD21 // Dec 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I disagree with some of the comments that we are too defensive.

    I think this season we are smart with our play. We have balance and options.

    I agree we need to keep trying to attack in second halfa and that we also need to slow the pace of the game down when we are looking vulnerable.

    Swansea seldom lose if they score first. They keep the balls which tired a opposition out chasing them. They are also very good at getting the ball forward quickly. When you concede one against then and you start to play a bit higher and a bit more agressively and you are tired from chasing the ball they’ll rip you apart.

    We have been much better at keeping the ball this season and of we could just add a bit more 1 touch philosophy and encourage players to play tighter together against well organised teams I think we’d start being a very good side.

    We need to drop this highline stuff because willo and colo don’t have the pace. Bit aside from that I don’t think you can find too any unforgivable things in the side of late.

  • 10 banjax // Dec 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Need to play 4-5-1 with Remy up front and Anita in midfield to support Cabaye and Tiote. Drop Williamson and bring in whoever is fit in the back line. Gutierrez may be of use playing in front of The right full back (haidarra if Debuchy has a ban) other than that 13men should should be enough !




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