If you believed everything that was said yesterday about Newcastle’s injury situation, along with the suspension of Sissoko and Colback for this game, and the fact that maybe even Rob Elliot could miss the game if his wife gives birth today to their first child today, and you could be excused for thinking we should just phone into Turf Moor – and give Burnley the 3 points.
Alan Pardew – playing up injuries too much?
Or are we really in serious trouble for tonight
That’s how bad the news from Alan Pardew was at yesterday’s news conference, with Tim Krul out until January and the following players all not available for tonight due to either injury or suspension.
Coloccini, Krul, Taylor(R), Aarons, Santon, Siem de Jong, Gutierrez, Obertan, Sissoko and Colback with Williamson, Haidara and Janmaat and we suppose goalkeeper Elliot all doubtful.
The one bit of good news last night was that Mehdi Abeid could return, and that would be a bonus, with Mehdi coming into the side in central midfield and he’s been great for Newcastle this season.
We have known Alan Pardew make things sound worse than they really are before games – and that’s what he’s probably been doing a little bit if Abeid, Williamson, Haidara and Janmaat are all fit to play tonight.
Maybe Alan thinks he has Burnley where he wants them – they have no idea what our starting line-up may be tonight. 😀
The problem is neither do the fans, – and when the team is announced around 1:45 today – it could still be the weakest team that Newcastle have played all season – and that;’ not good against a club struggling against relegation.
And one thing that came to light is that Curtis Good has now been out for nine months since he injured himself playing for Australia in early March – so it would be good to get an update on the 21 year-old.
After all that has happened, a win tonight would be a shock.
In the circumstances, it would also be a great result.
Howay The Lads!!
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