We don’t want to shock you too much – in case you have just woken up for instance – but there’s some good news about Newcastle United this morning – and we’re not kidding.
Mathieu Debuchy – back on Saturday
News today that both French Internationals Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are expected to be fit enough to play for Newcastle against Swansea on Saturday afternoon, in what is shaping up to be a pivotal game for Alan Pardew.
It had been expected that Remy would have returned a couple of weeks ago, but that didn’t happen, and in the interim Mathieu has recovered from his hamstring injury, and it will be great if both are in the starting line-up on Saturday.
Both are expected to go straight back into the starting line-up, and that should make a big difference to a side that has looked woefully weak in the last several games.
Let’s hope nothing goes wrong in training this week, and there was also news yesterday that 17 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong could also be given a start in a game that Alan Pardew will want to win.
Both Remy and Debuchy are expected to be in the French Word Cup squad this summer, with Mathieu almost certain to be the starter for France in Brazil.
But there are some lingering doubts about whether Remy will also make the squad, with a number of good French strikers all competing to be in the squad.
The hope is that both players will come in and play well for Newcastle in the final four games of the season to cement their place for the World Cup this summer.
After Saturday’s encounter our next game is at Arsenal on Monday night, April 28th, and it’s hoped that our other injured French International – Moussa Sissoko – will be able to return for that game.
It’s very important that Newcastle do not lose against Swansea, who are fighting relegation and only three points above the drop zone.
A fifth defeat on the trot would almost certainly cause a contingent of Newcastle fans to turn on the manager, but news yesterday was that as long as Newcastle finish 10th or above, Alan Pardew will be safe in his job at the club.
It would be terrific to get all 3 points on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!