Alan Pardew talked a lot about the injuries at Newcastle in his press conference yesterday, and the surprise was that Rolando Aarons is injured and out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury, but Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote will be fit for the game tomorrow at Southampton.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle manager
Alan also talked about the injury to Siem de Jong – which was a bit of a hammer blow to Newcastle, when he was injured in training early last week:
“It’s difficult to assess really,” “I think it’s whether he has an operation on the injury, which we’ll probably determine this week, but I would suggest that he certainly won’t be back for about three months.” “After that, it could be any time really.”
The good news is that Papiss Cisse should be back in full training within a week or two, and the Newcastle manager had this to say about the Senegal striker yesterday:
“He has a deficiency in his muscle on that side where he’s had the operation. That’s just a process of building it up,” “He is working hard to get training-fit really, and then we need to take it from there, but I don’t think he’s too far away.¨ ¨I would suggest that he’d be training with us in the next couple of week.”
Papiss broke his patella towards the end of last season, and he has been out ever since, but he could become an important player for Newcastle this season, if only he can reproduce the form he showed when he first arrived at Newcastle in February of 2012.
Papiss scored 13 goals in 14 games in his first half season at the club, but since then his goal scoring has fallen off fairly dramatically, and in the last couple of seasons he’s scored 17 goals in 73 appearances.
Its time for Papiss to step up to the plate again for Newcastle.
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