There was good news today after our disappointing defeat against Manchester City yesterday, when out lads deserved to take something out of the game, but we just couldn’t get that ball into the back of City’s net in that second half.
Siem de Jong - after scoring great goal at Oldham
The good news is that our Dutch striker Siem de Jong will return to training today, and he could be lining up at Villa Park next Saturday, when we must take something out of that game.
De Jong has been recovering from a calf injury over the last few weeks, but he should be available next Saturday to make his Newcastle debut, probably in the withdrawn striker role at Aston Villa.
We’ll have to keep our fingers crossed this week and hope he doesn’t have any reaction to full training, but Alan Pardew was even expecting him to make it for yesterday’s game, so we hope that calf injury has now healed completely.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game yesterday on the injury front:
“I think Siem will be close next week,” “Without Siem and Cheick – who I think will make a big difference to us – I thought we had a really good go,”
“I’m really buoyed, actually, by a lot of things that went on. I thought the crowd was great and we responded to that.
“Hopefully when we come here against Palace a week next Saturday, we will have some points on the board and we can get ourselves a good home win, which will be important for us.”
Cheick is said to be a bit behind Siem in terms of his recovery from a hamstring injury, so he may not make the Aston Villa game, but Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita worked well together in the two central midfield positions as Newcastle played in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation.
Jack Colback was in outstanding form.
It will be very important that we pick up points in our next two games at Villa Park and then at home to Crystal Palace.
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