Newcastle do have some injuries at the moment, and Tim Krul is the latest casualty with a knee injury, and Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are also not available for this afternoon’s game at St. Mary’s against Southampton.
Ben Arfa – we want to see the Frenchman flying today
Tim is out at least two games and Debuchy will not be fit for next Saturday because of his groin strain, but Loic Remy should be able to play in our next game at home to Manchester United next Saturday.
Davide Santon is fit and in the squad, but’s he’s likely to be on the bench today as Paul Dummett continues at left back, and young Sammy Ameobi is still not fit.
And there have been strong calls from the fans for Hatem Ben Arfa to start this game, since in the last two games we’ve looked a lot more threatening with Hatem in the side, and he always runs at the opposition defenses.
Rob Elliott will deputize for Tim in goal, so here’s what we think the team could be for today:
Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Tiote Anita Gouffran
Subs: Alnwick Santon Taylor (S) Gosling Marveaux de Jong Ameobi (Sh)
It could be that Luuk de Jong loses his place today, but Alan Pardew may want to persevere with the Dutchman, in the hopes he can break his duck at Newcastle, and score a goal.
Let us know what your team is today for the very tough game at St. Mary’s.
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