It looks like Jack Colback – probably our best player so far this season – is doubtful for the game at Southampton on Saturday, after he came back crocked from the England training camp – and that’s always (very) frustrating for clubs – when their players get injured while on International duty.
Jack Colback – crocked while training in England squad
And Jack went to the England camp fit and well and came back injured, and almost the opposite has happened with Cheick Tiote, who has been out injured since the game at Sheffield Wednesday.
He joined up with the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers last week supposedly injured, but actually started the game in the 2-1 win over Sierra Leone on Saturday night in the qualifier for the African Cup of Nations, and played the whole game.
Now the Ivorians play their next African Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon on Wednesday night, so we have to hope he can come through that game unscathed – but we still think it would be a push to start him at St. Mary’s Stadium.
There was a lot of speculation that Cheick wanted to leave the club in the summer, but according to manager Alan Pardew he didn’t see any of that coming from Cheick himself:
“Not really, not that I’ve seen.” “We’ve all speculation about our players, we’ve had it in the past.”
“Some of it carries weight – there were a lot of rumors last season with Yohan Cabaye and PSG, and it happened, so I’m always open minded about it.”
It looks like Siem de Jong is out for up to four months with his right thigh injury, and Jack Colback will be missing with a calf injury for the Saints game, but we must take something out of this game.
If we lose, it will be just 2 points from the first 4 games, and after what happened this year in the second half of last season, a disastrous slump, the manager must get off to a decent start to the season and 2 points from 4 games would not be good.
What do you think?
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