Siem de Jong cost Newcastle £6M from Ajax over the summer, but he was injured in training in early September when he tore his thigh muscle, and he’s been out ever since, and he may be out until late next month, as he says he needs to play a few games for the U21 side before he will be fit enough to return to the first team.
Siem de Jong – back in a few weeks
It doesn’t look like Newcastle are bringing in any strikers this January, even through we are one short and still haven’t replaced Loic Remy.
Papiss Cisse is currently away at the African Cup of Nations, where he wasn’t even a substitute in Senegal’s 2-1 opening game win over Ghana on Monday – with the winner coming from substitute Moussa Sow three minutes into added time.
We suppose we’ll struggle through to the end of the season – much like we did last season – we seem to just want to get by these days
This is what Siem said yesterday about his rehabilitation:
“I’m glad to be back on the pitch. Training with the group is a big difference for me, and it feels good.”
“I still need to have a couple of more training sessions and some minutes with the Under-21s maybe in the coming weeks to get up to full strength.”
“I think I need a little bit of game-time for the U-21s, especially if I want to play long parts of games. I need some conditioning work but also games, so it’s going to probably be a couple of games with the Under-21s, as well as training sessions, like 11 against 11 on the pitch.”
“Of course I want to be back in the team as soon as possible, but I have to be a little bit sensible about it.” “I’m not sure when I’ll be able to join the team, but hopefully we will be in good form.
“It’s always easier to come into a team that is winning than a team that is not playing well, but for me it’s just about coming back as soon as possible.
“It has been difficult sometimes, because you’re not really in the group and you’re not always with the team.” “I’m glad I was at the training center most of the time and seeing the guys, so you still feel a part of the team.”
“It’s difficult when you just come here and you’re out for such a long time, so I’m glad to be back training.”
Siem de Jong traveled back to Newcastle yesterday with the rest of the squad from the warm weather training in Dubai, and we haven’t heard too much from the squad in the last couple of days.
The 4th round of the FA Cup starts this weekend and of course we were eliminated by Leicester in the third round – so we are out of that competition at the first hurdle again.
But as in the League Cup when we were hammered 4-0, if we had won we would have been playing at Tottenham in the 4th round.
Since we are short of striking power up front and are not bringing in any reinforcements in January – it will be good to get Siem back as soon as possible, and maybe he can get us some goals.
We hope so – with things at Newcastle seeming so flat at the moment – even though we are in a transfer window. 🙁
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