One thing we found out yesterday was that Jack Colback said he did not pick up his injury at the England camp early last week but got the knock during the game against Crystal Palace – and that caused him to withdraw from the squad when it was realized he would not be fit for the Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland – which England won 2-0 earlier this week – a good start in the group.
Cheick Tiote – will not start tomorrow’s game at St. Mary’s
But allowing players to go on International duty can have it’s problems nevertheless, and it was a little amazing that Cheick Tiote played two full Internationals for the Ivory Coast in the last week, despite having not played one minute of competitive football for Newcastle this season.
The games were both qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations to start in Morocco in January, and because of that Cheick will not start for Newcastle at St, Mary’s tomorrow, but he will be available from the bench.
Alan Pardew bemoaned the lack of class shown by the Ivory Coast FA – who didn’t keep an agreement about Cheick and played him for the full 90 minutes – which they did twice:
“I’m astounded by that,” “He hasn’t played a game, not even one reserve game for us. Now I have a player who is arriving on a Friday after playing two 90 minutes.”
“And he is expected to be brilliant at Southampton. It’s just not going to happen. It’s unfair on him, and on the club.”
So the starting team we put out for the Saints game isn’t going to happen, and Vurnon Anita will likely start alongside Jack Colback in central midfield, and the local lad seems to have recovered from the injury which prevented him becoming an England International during the break.
And the surprise news yesterday was that young Rolando Aarons is out injured with a hamstring pull, which he picked up in training after he returned from playing and scoring for the England U20 side earlier this week.
It looks like Yoan Gouffran will start again – so the team for tomorrow could be as follows:
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini Haidara
Sissoko Cabella Gouffran
What would your team be?
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