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.
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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