Newcastle were without both Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy on Saturday, and it showed, but the new news on both players from assistant manager John Carver today is not good, so the team that managed to give Fulham their first win in 10 games with a below-par performance, will have to battle Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.
Loic Remy – out another two to three weeks
This is what John Carver said this morning:
“We think Loic is out for two to three weeks and Mathieu three to four weeks, so we have the next three or four games where they’re likely to be missing and these guys will have to step up.
Well they didn’t step up on Saturday, and we wondered before the game who would score the goals with Remy missing – and the answer was nobody.
And while it’s true that Papiss Cisse had two efforts very well saved by the goalkeeper – the truth is Papiss should have scored with both chances, and they came before Fulham’s goal and could (would?) have changed the game in Newcastle’s favor.
But to be fair to Papiss, he is still getting into scoring positions, even though he’s having a poor season - with only three goals in 20 appearances.
Both Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse will need to take their chances while Loic is out, because their future Newcastle careers depend on it – but both players seem to be lacking confidence, and with strikers, confidence is almost everything.
This is not good news on the injury front from John Carver today.
And Crystal Palace under Tony Pulis will come and park a couple of buses in Newcastle’s penalty area on Saturday, so it will not be easy to score goals – as they demonstrated at Sunderland on Saturday in the 0-0 draw.