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Bad News – Good News For Newcastle

4:28 pm, Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Just when we had been getting our hopes up that both Siem de Jong and Cheick Tiote could be fit to play against Manchester City on Sunday, it’s not going to happen, as Alan Pardew in his press conference today said that both players would not be fit for the game.

Newcastle United First Team Fitness Training

Siem de Jong with Jack Colback - Siem misses Sunday’s game

This is some of what Alan said today:

“We go into it in good spirits with a strong team, and will hopefully give City a better game than we did on the opening day last year.” “Siem will not play against Manchester City, but should be back against Aston Villa.”

“It’s another week for Cheick, although it’s nothing too serious.” “Papiss is working with us again, although Santon is a little more long term.'”We’re not that far away from a full-strength squad, and we’ll cope without Tiote and de Jong because we’ve known for a few days they would not be playing.¨

“They’ll be a miss but we’ll be able to cope and it’s nice to say that this season.”

“I hope the first part of the day is very respectful to two fantastic supporters we lost.” “Then hopefully we can give the fans a real lift.”

So in a way it’s bad news good news in that Cheick and Siem will not play on Sunday, but that seems like a precaution and both could be available for the game at Aston Villa a week later – which hopefully is a winnable game for our lads.

And it’s good that Papiss is back in training, although Davide may not be fit for a few more weeks yet, with his knee injury.

And on Sunday before the game – as Alan says – respects will be paid to loyal fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney who tragically lost their lives on the Malaysian flight MH17, which was shot down by rebels in Ukraine.

And there will be applause after 17 minutes of every game this season, as Newcastle fans honor John and Liam throughout this season.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Davide Santon · Injuries · John Alder and Liam Sweeney · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Siem de Jong



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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    you have to watch this
    http://youtu.be/L-FDiDPXOiM

    you will pppp yourself

  • 2 catchy in norway // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    doc

    your probably right :(

  • 3 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Well that’s us done then, our 2 key players not playing against the best team in the league. Nice.

  • 4 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    7 players in and we will still look weak on Sunday :( wish we still had Remy.

  • 5 Average_Contents // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Newcastle are preparing to welcome City to St James’ on Sunday, and Pardew said: ‘At the time (last season) we were in dispute with our midfield player. When we got off that bus, was he going to play or was he not going to play?

    ‘The difference now is we’re much more settled.The disruption of that unsettled us.

    ‘We lost a player (Steven Taylor to a red card) in the first half, which is maybe a consequence of the frustration we were all sharing.’

    Soooooooo saylor got sent off because he was frustrated with Cabaye? Nothing to do with getting a footballing lesson from aguero then alan? Or the fact he’s just plain shite alan?

    The team dynamic suffered also? Isn’t that your job to rally the troops so to speak and to have alternative gameplans without a reliance on one player alan? No? This year is different though isn’t it alan? No pesky Cabaye to derail your plans….cue the bashing!

  • 6 G // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I still think we can snatch a jammy result on Sunday. Best game to play city is the opener at home. Even the mackems beat them at home last season, so even though they have the most expensive squad, they ain’t unbeatable. Besides, half their first choice team hasn’t played pre season.

  • 7 Average_Contents // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Where’s that gag from Ashley disappeared too? Damn you premier league for making clubs have pre and post-match interviews….seriously I’d prefer it if he just kept quiet tbh!

  • 8 Our Toon // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    TADS

    You are right mate and I apologise to you, the mainstream media is also in the wrong but unfortunately I can’t apologise for them. I should have come to you first seeing as you were involved…the meeting between the 2 P’s and TADS!!

    I’m going by what is reported and what sources have leaked to the press, you clearly took offence to what I said earlier and are now simply trying to latch onto any debate possible, I’ll stick to what I read from actual insiders and you sir can continue to listen to your local palace fan, who probably knows as much as me and you do about the inner workings of both respective clubs.

    were you taking the minutes for the meeting between the 2 P’s and the TADS? If yes can you send them over to me and educate me on the matter please. I thank you in advance

  • 9 danuneek // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    My team:

    —————————–Krul——————————
    Jarmaat———-Willo————-Colo————Hadaira
    —————Anita——————-Collback————–
    Sissoko——————Cabella——————-Goufran
    —————————Riviere—————————–

  • 10 SUFC_rule // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Best news I heard all day

  • 11 NYMAG // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Danuneek…your system looks weak down the left side but gives us loads of options going forward down the right…

  • 12 optimistic prime // Aug 15, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Catchy

    Hahahaha

  • 13 JamesToon // Aug 15, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    SUFC is it because scumderland are so shite and can’t buy any players and your two other favourite teams southend and sheffield united can’t get into the prem?

  • 14 dcdick // Aug 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Here we go again. Start of a new season & carrying injuries forward. What is wrong with the training/fitness team at Newcastle ??

    You know who’s fault it is, he’s to blame for everything else as well ;)

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 15 JP...from The Rock // Aug 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    De Jong has only been with us for a month or so and already he has had two niggling injuries. I hope this isn’t the norm with him as he is our main creative force. We’re relying on him and Cabella to open defenses up and already we’re down on one.

    I think it is imperative that we sign Grenier or a strong versatile CB like Richards ASAP. As we are still weak in these areas. Perhaps we already are have a 20 goal striker in our books, who knows how well they’ll do but that can wait till January what can’t wait is CAM and CB.

  • 16 RobertLeeNo.7 // Aug 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    I agree JP we definitely need another good creative CM and definitely a commanding intelligent CB or we will struggle again. 2 injuries and we look worse than how we started last season.

    Micah Richards isn’t the one either. Would love Grenier but the only way we get him is by being around the top 4 in Jan which again is gonna take a hell of a lot of luck and clean bill of health.




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