As far as injuries go at the moment, Newcastle are not in too bad a state, although we have both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote to play on Wednesday night in the African Cup Nations Qualifying games, and that’s very close to our game against Leicester on Saturday.
Daryl Janmaat – expected to be fit for Leicester City game
That doesn’t give our two African stars much time to recover for the vital game next Saturday at home, and a defeat in the game could mean it’s curtains for Alan Pardew – but we hope we can get our first win of the season in that game.
However the good news is that it looks like we will have Daryl Janmaat fit for the game, after he had a slight hamstring injury, and had to withdraw from the Holland squad early last week.
But Tim Krul was injured yesterday, and we are still waiting to hear what the prognosis is on the goalkeeper, who was on the bench for Holland in their 3-1 home win over Kazakhstan on Friday night.
But then yesterday he was sent home to Newcastle, after injuring his elbow in training, and we hope its not the same elbow he injured back in the 2012-2013 season.
While we don’t know just how bad the injury is, it would be doubtful if he can play on Saturday, and we don’t want to play him while he’s unfit and make the injury worse, so it seems that Rob Elliot will come into the side.
We’ll be anxiously seeing how those two African Cup of Nations games go on Wednesday night, with Papiss and Cheick being two of our players in form at the moment.
And David Moyes said yesterday he was now ready to return to football management, and he was just waiting for the right opportunity to come along.
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