In his press conference for the upcoming home game against Liverpool on Saturday, Alan Pardew had some good news on the injury front today.
Mehdi Abeid holding off Edin Dzeko last night
Mehdi had a very good game – again
Alan was asked what the injury situation was, and he said the only real doubt was Papiss Cisse, and it was a slight doubt and he was touch and go with his knee.
So we will have to wait to see if his knee is OK for the important Liverpool game – and we?l probably not know until the team is announced an hour before the game starts.
The win last night was great not just because the lads played so well and showed so much guts and passion, but it also signalled the return from injury for both Ryan Taylor and Rolando Aarons – and both players had an impact on the result.
In fact it was a Taylor – Aarons combination that got us the first goal, when Rolando showed his fantastic promise the way he put away the half chance after Ryan had won the ball just outside the box.
There’s not much more to say about Ryan, other than he was just fantastic last night – an amazing return after 26 months out with injury, and Manu Riviere came back and he looked sharp enough when he came on in the second half.
Rolando had only has one day of training, but Alan played Rolando for just one half and it paid off – but we noticed at half time Aarons looks knackered as he walked off, and it was no surprise when he was replaced by Sammy at the half.
The two players who are still out are Davide Santon – and it’s probably still over four weeks before the Italian is back after his knee problem – and Siem de Jong will not be back for at least a couple of months with that muscle tear in his thigh.
But with players like Sammy Ameobi, Ayoze Perez, Stephen Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Paul Dummett and others all in good form – there will be big competition for places – and it looks like Cheick Tiote is fit and could start on Saturday.
One more thing – credit has to go to Mehdi Abeid, who had another very good game in Newcastle colors last night.
Every time we see this lad he looks the part for Newcastle ,and he was very strong in the middle of the field last night – and we would think he may even get the nod over Vurnon Anita in the future.
Paul Dummett was terrific at center-back, and we cannot remember him playing quite so well for the team – he was outstanding and the City stars didn’t get much change out of Paul last night.
Now we have to see off Liverpool and get our third league win in a row on Saturday – we need the points – and that will not be easy – that’s for sure.
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