There’s some good news today that Tim Krul started training yesterday and it looks like he will be fit – all being well – to start the game at Chelsea next Saturday, and number two goalkeeper Rob Elliot will resume training next Monday.
Tim Krul – expected to be back for game at Chelsea
Tim has been out with an ankle injury picked up in training around November 27th, the week before the game at West Ham, when our six game winning streak came to an end.
Jak Alnwick had a (very) good game at Leicester City on Saturday, one of the few players who did, but that could be the last time he ever plays for Newcastle, having made eight appearances, in which Newcastle’s defense have conceded 19 goals.
We put it that way because the defense hadn’t really been of much help young Alnwick, who was often exposed by some poor defending.
In the previous 8 games before the Chelsea win we had conceded only three goals.
Jak’s contract runs out in June and with Karl Darlow coming into the first team squad for next season, we should hopefully have three experienced goalkeepers in Krul, Elliot and Darlow.
And if one of those three is sent out on loan we need to have a clause in the loan agreement, that the we can recall them in case our other two goalkeepers are both injured.
The Shields Gazette is also reporting that Fabricio Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback – who all surprisingly missed the 3rd round FA Cup tie defeat at Leicester on Saturday – will be fit again.
Ayoze Perez is not injured, but he was rested last Saturday by John Carver, so the very impressive Spanish U21 International will be available, so that’s six players who could return for Newcastle at Chelsea on Saturday – we’ll need them.
Cheick Tiote has linked up with the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations, so we may not see Cheick again until next month – the Group games start on 17th of this month and the final is on 8th February.
It will be good to have some of other players back soon too, and Davide Santon returned on Saturday, and Ryan Taylor and Mehdi Abeid should be back in a couple of weeks time – according to Physioroom.com.
Maybe we can change things around and start playing well defensively and start winning a few games?
That would be good.
Howay The Lads!!
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