Newcastle Hit By Injuries And Suspensions


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 senf off cheslea

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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10 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #1

    2-1 to us, again 🙂

    I’d like to think Abeid will be fit and get Sissoko’s role in the team.

    The defence has been doing well who ever plays.

    IMO Pardew should start with Cabella again, bring Cisse on 2ndhalf, plus Aaron’s or whoever else is fit.

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  • firebug666

    Dec 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #2

    NEWCASTLE United captain Coloccini has been passed fit to face Arsenal – but Rolando Aarons’s comeback has been put back.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Still struggling to get my head around that ludicrous Taylor challenge. The first booking wasn’t anything to be proud of either. I like Tayls, and I think he’ll be missed at the Emirates, in many ways he’s absolutely heroic, as he was at times in the Chelsea game before the sending off. But both he and Sissoko are a couple of reet knuckle heads to get reds the way they did.

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 11, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Our counter attack football need the likes of Sammy, Ayoze and Sissoko. The best person to replace Sissoko is Cabella

    But i got a feeling that AP will play his lover – Gouffron

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  • g.s.tooner

    Dec 11, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Krul
    Janmaat – Collo – Dummet – Haidara

    Tiote – Colback

    Cabella – Abeid – Sameobi

    Cisse

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  • geordie157

    Dec 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Alnwick
    Janmaat, Colo, Dummett, Haidara
    Abeid, Tiote, Colback
    Cabella, Perez, Ameobi

    Subs
    Woodman, Streete, Wilo, Anita, Gouffran, Riviere, Cisse

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Slightly different video clip of todays press conference:
    http://www.theguardian.com/football/video/2014/dec/11/arsenal-not-a-happy-place-for-us-newcastle-united-alan-pardew-video

    AP predicts a tight game and acknowledges the “big week” ahead.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve always struggled to see any point in judging Ashley against his predecessors. I think he should most fairly be judged on what he has at his disposal and the competition he faces. He has quite a lot at his disposal, but he faces stiff opposition as far as I can tell. Fans deserve value on the match day ticket, and I don’t think they’ve consistently been given it. They are getting it now, but as some posters quite rightly point out, we’ve been here before. I think we are well placed, but are still yet to deliver with the consistency a club of our stature and capacity should.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardew was great, in those excerpts from that press conference.

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  • lesh

    Dec 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #10

    g.s.tooner

    You’ve got Krul in your line-up???

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