Siem de Jong was seriously injured in training at the start of September, and he has been out ever since – so that’s coming up to nearly five months out since the first game he can possibly play is on the last day of January at Hull.
Siem de Jong in action at Oldham
But Siem has now been back in training for a week, and is currently in the warm weather at Dubai, as the first team squad have gone there for four days this week and will return on Thursday.
Caretaker manager John Carver is pleased to have the former Ajax captain and Dutch International back:
“It was great to get Siem back on the training ground last week.” “That showed around the place, because he’s an experienced player.”
“He’s a good player, and he’ll be a good player for this football club. The quicker we get him up and running the better.”
“He is one guy in this squad who’s an accomplished finisher.” “If he has one or two of those chances, he’ll put them away.”
Siem turns 26 next week and is a class player who can score from almost anywhere, and it’s expected he will play in the withdrawn striker role, and he’s been given the number 10 shirt on Tyneside.
In fact we are expecting a number of players back soon but some injured players keep having their return dates moved back.
Mehdi Abeid is back in full training now and he was on the bench on Saturday – so he could possibly start at Hull City in place of Vutnon Anita.
Ryan Taylor and Rolando Aarons are also due back at the end of the month, and Gabby Obertan should be back a couple of weeks after that.
So hopefully the return from injury of some of our players will help us get some points on the board – but we are in a mini-slump and taken only 4 points from our last seven league games, which is a little worrying.
It’s not a good time to go on a term slump as happened with Newcastle at the end of last season.
The way we finished the season last term was when we lost seven of our last eight games, failed to score in six of them, conceded a massive 19 goals and scored only four.
If we do that this season we could be in trouble.
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