In Alan Pardew’s press conference yesterday there was frustration that Loic Remy would not be fit for tomorrow’s game at Stoke City, and that that was the third successive week the manager had expected the French striker to be available, but he wasn’t.
Loic Remy – long time recovering from calf injury
And while Alan has said nothing in public, the news in the Northern Echo today is there is mounting incrustation at Newcastle that our three French Internationals – including Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko – are concentrating more on being ready to play for France in the World Cup in the summer, than helping Newcastle out in their dire run of form at the moment.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the injured Frenchmen:
“The French manager obviously needs to see them fit and ready before the World Cup,” “Debuchy will train on Monday or Tuesday, Moussa will probably be another week – I don’t see him being involved in the next two games.”
“Loic won’t make this game, but he’s training now and we’d like to think he’ll make the next game. It’s been a bit longer than we expected.”
So that means Mathieu will only be available for the game at the Emirates on April 28th and he will have been out since he was injured playing for France on March 5th.
Maybe at least Loic can be back for the next game at home to Swansea a week tomorrow, but it seems that Moussa is out until the Arsenal game too..
And after watching Pardew’s press conference, we are even more convinced than ever that it’s going to be very difficult to get anything out of the game at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow.
The party line is that the manager and the players are desperate for a good result tomorrow, and certainly haven’t given up on the season.
That’s what has been said in the last three games, but in each game we have lost badly and conceded a total of 11 goals.
The words just don’t correspond with the performances on the field – and that’s the upsetting thing – actions speak louder than words.