It was not a good result or good performance by Newcastle at home to Burnley yesterday, and we are simply leaking too many goals to get the results we need – but there is good news that two defenders and some other good players – are nearing full fitness.
Davide Santon – maybe back tomorrow at Leicester City?
Davide Santon has been on the bench for the last two games, and could even get a start at Leicester tomorrow when Newcastle will need to make some changes, with the 3rd round of the FA Cup coming 48 hours after the Burnley game yesterday.
And Tim Krul will resume training on Monday, and hopefully will be fit for the game at Chelsea a week tomorrow.
Newcastle have missed both Tim and Rob Elliot over the last six games and we’ve shipped 17 goals in that time – almost three a game – with young Jak Alnwick in goal.
So it will be good to get the Dutch International back in goal, and Rob Elliot will be back training one week later.
This is what John Carver has said about the injury situation on Wednesday:
“Santon played 55 minutes against Gateshead yesterday, he had a kick on the calf but it was fine, he will be involved,”
“Jonas got his second game. Tim Krul should start training on Monday which is fantastic news.”
“Rob Elliot should be back the following week. Sammy Ameobi the week after that. Ryan Taylor – there has been great news, everything is normal with him.”
“He will start in a couple of weeks. Haidara is back in the squad.” “Abeid still has a bit of a problem with his toe, whether he will be fit for the African Cup of Nations I don’t know.”
“Rolando is three or four weeks away,”
It will be interesting to see if Mehdi Abeid does go to the African Cup of Nations, having basically been unavailable for us since he was called up for the Algeria squad in November for the first time – when he broke his toe.
We actually prefer him to Cheick Tiote in the side in defensive midfield.
It’s also obvious to play Abeid at Burnley on December 2nd was a big mistake. and that must have made the broken toe even worse – we have not handled our injuries and fitness very well this season.
So the good news is that within three weeks a good number of our players will be back playing – so if we can couple that with say two new players coming in over the January transfer window – a striker and a central defender to cover for the injured Steven Taylor – that would be (very) good.
But whether Mike Ashley will make money available we don’t know – we doubt it.
The departure of Alan Pardew has put the spotlight on the Newcastle owner as the real problem at the club, and given his utter frugality and a tendency to keep selling our best players, it’s very difficult for any manager (or head coach) to succeed at Newcastle these days.
You take the good news where you can find it these days, and we’ll have some good players coming back soon, but there needs to be more thought put into the squad and where the weaknesses are – and then fix them.
That wasn’t done sufficiently in the summer – and we left ourselves exposed at striker, center-back and goalkeeper – and we’ve paid for that.
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