Theres some worrying news in the press this morning that Tim Krul has damaged his ankle and he could be out for up to a month, and that would certainly be a blow to Newcastle.
Fabricio Coloccini – could return tomorrow
And it puts some light on what is a weakness at Newcastle – we have only two experienced goalkeeper sin the squad and next in line if Tim is out is 21 year-old Hexham-born goalkeeper Jak Alnwick – who is yet to make his competitive debut for Newcastle.
The good news is that Fab Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor and Manu Riviere are all fit again, so it seems that Alan Pardew’s biggest decision will have to come in central defense.
Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett played there last Saturday in the 1-0 win against QPR, and Alan could keep those two in at West Ham, because we have Burnley away on Tuesday night and then Chelsea at home the following Saturday.
If Alan decides to bring the captain back it would seem like Paul Dummett would revert back to left back to the exclusion of French youngster Massadio Haidara, who has played well for Newcastle ate left back this season.
We will assume all four players mentioned above are fit to play, it’s almost certain that Cheick Tiote will make a timely return in place of the injured Ryan Taylor – with Mehdi Abeid still being out with that broken toe of his.
So this could be the team that Pardew sends out tomorrow in a 4-3-3 formation – in an attempt to get our seventh win in a row:
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Tiote Colback
Cabella Perez Ameobi
Subs Elliot (Alnwick) Taylor (S) Haidara Anita Gouffran Cisse Riviere
Mike Williamson is certain to play because his heading ability will be needed to combat a certain Andrew Carroll, who is almost certain to start for the Hammers.
With Rolando Aarons, Ryan Taylor, Davide Santon and Siem de Jong still not fit – what would your Newcastle team be for tomorrow?
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