Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor are suspended for the game at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon, after Moussa picked up his 5th yellow card last Saturday, and Steven was sent off for picking up two yellow cards against Chelsea.
Steven Taylor sent off last Saturday
And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said there was no real change on the injury scene in the last week, so it looks like Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan, Siem De Jong, Mehdi Abeid, Davide Santon, Tim Krul and Curtis Good are still out injured.
And of course we lost goalkeeper Rob Elliot at half time against Chelsea, so Jak Alnwick will deputize and 17 year-old Freddie Woodman will be on the bench.
So there are nine players out through injury – including our top two goalkeepers – and two suspended – so we have 11 players not available for this game – twelve if we include Jonas. 🙁
Both goalkeepers were injured in training, so we are hoping that Alan Pardew and the coaches will tone down the training just a bit, so we have our players available to play in the actual games.
The good news is that most of our injured players are all due to be back by mid-January.
That’s the good news – but before then we have eight very important games to play – so again we are relying on some of our fringe players and younger players – who have been getting the results over the last couple of months.
By the way, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mehdi Abeid makes a start on Saturday – just a hunch.
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