According to Physioroom.com Newcastle are still at the top of the injury league and have 10 injured players , and while the Physioroom is not always accurate on the return date – neither are Newcastle come to think of it.
Siem de Jong – back in four weeks
Here is the current injury list for Newcastle:
Player Injury Type Return Date (estimate)
F Coloccini Muscular Injury no return date R Elliott Hip/Thigh Injury 10th Jan 15 M Abeid Ankle/Foot Injury no return date T Krul Ankle/Foot Injury 10th Jan 15 R Taylor Knee Injury 1st Jan 15 R Aarons Hamstring Injury 13th Dec 14 G Obertan Hip/Thigh Injury no return date S De Jong Thigh Muscle Strain 10th Jan 15 D Santon Knee Injury 10th Jan 15 C Good Groin/Pelvis Injury no return date
One important players of course is Coloccini, and we should hear from Alan Pardew tomorrow on whether he can make it for the Arsenal game – but Fabricio did play the whole game against Chelsea, and wasn’t limping off at the end – and we assume he has been having treatment on the injury this week – so we are hopeful.
Both goalkeepers Rob Elliot and Tim Krul are due back on 10th January – but that would still leave eight games where young Jal Alnwick would be the Newcastle goalkeeper, and that’s still asking a lot from the inexperienced Jak Alnwick.
We hope that Mehdi Abeid is fit enough to play on Saturday in place of Moussa Sissoko. who is suspended after picking up five yellow cards – and maybe that foot of his was a little painful after the match at Burnley?
Davide Santon and Siem de Jong are both due back on 10th January, that’s in just four weeks time, and if that holds true it would be great for the club, because they would be like two new players – and experienced ones too.
Ryan Taylor is due back January 1st which is also good news, and we expect Rolando Aarons to be fit for the game at Arsenal on Saturday – again Alan Pardew should be giving an update on Rolando tomorrow.
No return date yet on Gabby Obertan, and we’d love to know what’s going on with Curtis Good’s groin/pelvic injury, which he picked up in early March playing in his debut for Australia.
If the return dates above are fairly accurate, and assuming Colo and Abeid are only slightly injured and could even play on Saturday – we should have eight players back by 10th January – and that has to be very good news.
Then Alan Pardew has to decide what will be his starting eleven – and that will not be easy.
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