Both Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong missed today’s game against Real Sociedad, and the news tonight is that they are both doubtful for next Sunday’s first league game against Manchester City at home.
Cheick Tiote – will likely miss first league game
Cheick Tiote looks like he has very little chance of making that game with a hamstring strain, and hamstrings tend to go quickly – unless they are given sufficient rest and are completely healed, before any comeback is attempted.
Newcastle will wisely not take a chance on Cheick for the City game, but the Ivorian could be back for the away game at Aston Villa in a couple of weeks time.
Siem de Jong is also said to be doubtful for the City game, but he has a calf strain and not the toe injury we had been reporting.
Siem de Jong - doubtful for next Sunday
And we had been really hoping Siem would have been fit for today’s game – but he didn’t make it.
When they are fit both these players would be expected to be starters for Newcastle, so it will be disappointing that both of them will probably miss our first game of the season.
But Jack Colback has been in excellent form for Newcastle this pre-season, and this lad is much better than we thought, and there was some deserved loud applause from the crowd for the Killingworth lad, when he was substituted today.
Jack can get the job done for Newcastle next Sunday, and hopefully all season for his home town club.
Jack was a great deal for Newcastle as a free agent.
And with Manchester City not looking too good today in their 3-0 loss against Arsenal in the Community Shield, and Newcastle looking a well organized side against Real Sociedad – we could even get a decent result out of our first game.
That would be great.
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