For the third week running, when Loic Remy had expected to be fit, he has again been ruled out of Newcastle United’s Premier League game – this time at Stoke City – and it means he will have missed the last six games for Newcastle and after Saturday, there’s only four games to play.
Loic Remy – misses out again on Saturday
And this will put an enormous question mark over whether we can get anything at the Britannia Stadium, since in the 10 games Loic has been missing, Newcastle have managed to score only one goal.
The French international apparently had a scan on Tuesday, but there are still doubts over his calf injury, and we suppose there’s no guarantee he will even be ready for the next game either – which is a home game against Swansea a week on Saturday.
This is what Alan Pardew said:
“Loic Remy won’t make this game but is in training and we hope he’ll be available next week.” “Tim Krul has a chance of playing.”
“You need to stand tall especially at a club like Newcastle United.” “The players need to be resilient and hopefully we show that at Stoke.”
“If we can get a win or score the first goal it will give us a boost to kick on.” “We are far from finished in the league.
We had really hoped Loic would be fit for the Stoke game because a Stoke win will put them only 3 points behind Newcastle in 10th place – so they could overtake Newcastle, who have been in terrible form over the last five games and got only one win and four defeats.
Loic Remy will want to ensure he is 100% fit before he returns, because he wants to be fully fit for the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.
And it’s noticeable that Mathieu Debuchy has also been out injured since France’s 2-0 friendly win over Holland on March 5th, when both Newcastle players were injured.
Loic will not have many games left for Newcastle when he does get fit again, and while we don’t want to be too negative, we don’t think there’s much chance of Newcastle getting anything out of the game on Saturday.