Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has today given an update on the injury situation at Newcastle and currently we still have ten injured players out – eleven if you include Jonas Gutierrez who made a successful return for the U21 side yesterday at Whitley Park, and got a standing ovation form the team in the dressing room after the game.
Alan Pardew – players coming back
Newcastle are still recovering from what was another disastrous result against Sunderland on Sunday – a 1-0 loss, but the perform,ance was a lot better than the result, and we were a bit unlucky to lose – but it was for the fourth time in a row that we have lost to the Black Cats.
We’ve lost the last two league games too, and we travel to Old Trafford on Friday, and it will be difficult to take anything out of that game.
Alan Pardew had some decent news on the injury front:
“We have got good players and good young players, and some big senior players to return.” “We are waiting for Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, we have Siem de Jong, who hasn’t played a game for us.”
“Rolando Aarons to return, so we have still got some big, big players to come back into this group, so that’s not a concern.”
“Davide Santon is getting closer, another player who is very important and technically improves us because he keeps the ball, Davide, and that’s something that in the second half of the season we have two areas to improve on, retention of the ball and goalscoring.”
“I would say Rolando is at least three or four weeks away.”
Here are the players still out, with Jonas not included in these ten players:
Player Injury Estimated return date S Taylor Facial Injury 26th Dec 14 R Elliott Hip/Thigh Injury 10th Jan 15 M Abeid Ankle/Foot Injury 1st Jan 15 T Krul Ankle/Foot Injury 10th Jan 15 R Taylor Knee Injury 1st Jan 15 R Aarons Hamstring Injury 15th Jan 15 G Obertan Hip/Thigh Injury no return date Siem De Jong Thigh Muscle Strain 10th Jan 15 D Santon Knee Injury 10th Jan 15 C Good Groin/Pelvis Injury no return date
It’s very surprising that Ronaldo is still four weeks away from coming back – and we just hope that hamstring of his when he does return, has finally been fixed.
And Steven Taylor will probably be OK to play on Friday at Old Trafford, after suffering a nasty facial injury in the second half against Sunderland on Sunday.
The injuries above are taken from Physioroom.com, and if you believe the return dates, we should have eight of those players back by mid-January.
That’s got to be good news.
Only Gabby Obertan and Curtis Good will still be out – and we’ve heard nothing about Good’s injury, which he picked up back on March 3rd when he made his debut for Australia and had to leave the game just less than 30 minutes before the end.
We’re surprised that Mehdi Abeid is now out until January 1st – so he may not play for Newcastle again before he’s off to the African Cup of Nations in early January to play for Algeria.
Jonas Gutierrez also will be pushing for a place in the first team in a couple of weeks, as he came through the U21 game yesterday very well after playing 90 minutes.
That’s also good news.
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