Good News – Two Newcastle Stars To Return For Burnley Game


There’s some good news tonight that both Davide Santon and Jonas Gutierrez are fit and will be available for the game after next – the home game against Burnley next Thursday – New Years Day.

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Davide Santon in action last season

The news is that both players will play in a behind the scenes game to increase their match fitness – but we may need them next Thursday – and it’s a game we have to go all and try to win, against a bottom three side at home.

Davide Santon’s bad knee flared up again at the end of last last season, and he had another operation on it in the summer.

Jonas Gutierrez played a full 90 minutes last week for the Newcastle U21 side against West Ham – after returning from fighting testicular cancer a few weeks ago – after being given the all clear.

And he will be an inspiration to the side if he’s on the bench.

Santon has been out all season,  and he didn’t even play in pre-season – so he will be like a new player to us, and will now push to get his left back starting position back from local lad Paul Dummett.

Newcastle were without 10 first team players at Manchester United today although nothing much was said in the press about it.

And given the team we had out today, we did OK and in the end 3-1 wasn’t too bad a scoreline.

This is what Pardew said after the game today about Davide and Jonas:

“They need some match time – those guys are going to get a game.”

It will be a boost to have Santon and Gutierrez back in the squad, since we are running out of players.

Vurnon Anita limped off near the end of the game today, although the suspended Tiote will return on Sunday at home to Everton, having served his one match suspension – what’s the betting he’ll get a yellow card on Sunday?

Sammy Ameobi missed the game today with a knock, so we don’t know if he’ll be available for the Everton game, and Paul Dummett picked up a knock today at Old Trafford.

As we said it will be good to have Davide and Jonas back.

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10 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 26, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #1

    A focused and committed Santon should walk into this side, but it’s hard to see where Jonas would improve us at this stage. Krul and DeJong are badly needed, as is a quality, hardworking striker.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Well done beddersmag for qualifying your undoubted eloquence by not even trying to resist the call of the petty insult. You will never know what, if any, ‘ qualifications’ I possess in any field of human endeavour, but suffice to say that your flinging of petty jibes hardly elevates your supposed superior capacity above mine or as I said before the majority of the blog collective.

    I admire your adherence to numbers averages,and percentages and the unassailable logic of statistics, but rail though you may at my desire to see the back of the professional blunderer that is Pardew, you are going to have to come up with sane reasoning if you want to expose my opinion as misguided. So far, sir, you are failing in much the same manner as your esteemed silver – maned hero.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Plus. There’s no need to be such a swipe….

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 26, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Not Santon biggest fan but any replacement for Dummett would be a welcome change. I don’t know what Haidara has done but he must be missing an entire leg to understudy to Dummett.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #5

    No way Sissoko is going to be hanging around given the opportunity to move on up, after what he will have seen over the last 4 games.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #6

    The worst thing for the young lads is that the coaching staff have not given them any decent direction on keeping tight order on the pitch. If they could put in a decent defensive display away from home that would be all that would be required for a few weeks to build up their resilience. Pardew seems to be letting them hang out to dry while he waits for his first choices to return.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Armstrong could do with 4 years football in the Champioship, and come back to us at 21. He’s no Rooney, but he might develop into a first team player handled right. I don’t think getting first team games is going to hurt him, but it won’t help us at the minute, although he did put himself about, and shut down quickly, which I’m sure he was told to do.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #8

    I see no reason why Gutierrez cannot become a first team player again. He was dropped from the side from being overused and ran into the ground, he could still be useful as a rotational player… rotating Gouffran may be an idea too. Rotate Gutierrez and Gouffran, see if it benefits either of them, take it from there.

    Dummett should be a shoo-in for CB with Santon coming back into the side. Switch Dummett central and may that be the end of it. (Hopefully)

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  • BeeGuy

    Dec 26, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #9

    In they come and out they soon go with injury as AP overworks them.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Dec 27, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #10

    It,ll be like having Two New Signings ??????

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