One of the things that Alan Pardew started with at his press conference yesterday was a positive update on the injuries, and after we were told a couple of days ago that Tim Krul had ligament damage in his elbow, that prognosis seemed to change with another Newcastle report on the injury, and Tim will play tomorrow and he trained with the squad yesterday.
Tim Krul – fit to play tomorrow
Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote came through their African Cup of Nations games unscathed on Wednesday night, and will join the squad today at Benton – but only for a warm down, as Pardew has the whole squad back together again for the first time in two weeks.
This is how Alan Pardew started his press conference yesterday, when asked about the injury situation:
¨Theres some good news really Tim looks fine and he’s trained today so that little scare is over I think for us.¨
¨The two boys who traveled to Africa are not back yet, but the reports are that they are well so I’m pleased about that, particularly for Cheick because he had a tough game since they went down to 10 men for most of the second half, so we’ll probably have to be careful with him tomorrow.¨
¨It will just have a warm down for them tomorrow, so tactically it’s difficult for all the Premier League managers this week because you want to work on certain issues with your team.
“Certainly us because we want to improve, but that is taken away from us, certainly we want to improve but that is taken away from us.¨
¨We’ll try to cram as much as we can tomorrow but without doing too much practice on the pitch.¨ You are looking at your phone and hoping no messages come through that are negative but we’ve been lucky this time around and we look OK.¨
Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett are both fit after they were withdrawn from the Dutch and Wales squads respectively.
It’s good that Tim is fit, because the goalkeeper is showing some really good form of late, and he made two great saves at Swansea to keep us in the game.
And there was some really positive news yesterday that Ryan Taylor could even make the bench tomorrow.
But if nothing else Ryan must be close to a return to the first team, and that’s just terrific news after Ryan has gone through hell and high water over the last couple of years with two ACL knee injuries.
There’s not many players in the history of the game that have come back from two successive serious ACL knee injuries.
And 18 year-old Rolando Aarons has been suffering from a hamstring injury, and could be back for the November 1st game at home to Liverpool – so that’s also good news.
Siem de Jong is out with his thigh injury probably until the new year – but overall it’s good news on the injury front at the moment.
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