Newcastle got very few injuries at the beginning of the season, but at the moment we have Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Tim Krul out with injury, and now more bad news that Moussa Sissoko is going to be out for two to three weeks with a thigh injury.
Moussa Sissoko – out with a thigh injury
The 24 year-old tweeted the news this morning, with a picture of himself back in the France National Football Center at Clairefontaine in France, just west of Paris.
Moussa has played a lot of games for Newcastle this season, 35 in all, and he has scored 3 goals and six assists, and this is more bad news for a Newcastle side that is almost in crisis because of their very poor form and seemingly no motivation.
And in particular the inability of our players to create chances and score goals in the last several games.
Newcastle have only six games left, so that’s 18 points to play for, and it looks like Sissoko could miss half those games, as he tries to get fit.
And we have to remember that players like Debuchy, Remy and Sissoko are hoping to be in the France squad for the World Cup in Brazil, and will want to ensure they are fully fit before they return to the Newcastle side.
In the four games Alan Pardew has been banned so far – there are still three games to go – Newcastle have scored only one goal and have lost three games, and we expect an update from Alan Pardew at his press conference today or the Manchester United home game on Saturday.
We’re not too sure who will come in on the right wing on Saturday, but it probably will not be Hatem Ben Arfa, who was hauled off at half time last Saturday at Southampton, but he was no worse than many other Newcastle players on that day of disgrace.
We’d like to see Ben Arfa back in the side, especially since the game is at home.
Newcastle need to put in a very good performance on Saturday to convince the fans they have not given up on the season, which certainly looked the case last Saturday, and it was one of the most inept displays seen from a Newcastle side for a long time.
Hopefully the only way to go now is up.
Unfortunately, after this article was put out – Alan Pardew in his news conference said that Loic Remy would also not be fit for Saturday’s game.