We thought that Jack Colback must be fit for tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park, after England had inquired about his fitness yesterday, and he was subsequently included in the England squad for the very first time.
Siem de Jong – not 100% match fit
That’s good news for Newcastle, because Jack is one of our very best players this season.
And 18 year-old Rolando Aarons picked up a knock in Tuesday night’s game, and he is fit enough to play tomorrow too.
When asked about Jack Colback today the Newcastle manager said he is fine, but then Alan went into some detail about Siem de Jong:
“He has got that imagination and he has got that quality in that final third to make a big difference for us.”
“I don’t think he is 100% by any stretch of the imagination and whether he plays or not, or starts, on Saturday we will have to wait and see – but he’ll play a part for sure.”
That’s a strange response from the manager, and we can understand the Dutch International may not be completely 100% match fit, but giving him games will soon clear that up.
Siem de Jong has the ability to score goals from anywhere, including from free-kicks, so we hope to see Siem start the game tomorrow, and of course it looks like Jack Colback – our new England man – will also start against Palace.
Not sure about Cheick Tiote’s fitness, but we’d be surprised if he’s in the squad for the game tomorrow.
Ryan Taylor is on track to start training in a couple of weeks time, after recovering from his second serious ACL knee injury, but Davide Santon is going to be out longer than we thought with that knee injury, and it may be another two months before he will return to training.
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