There’s some great news being reported today in the local papers, with both Siem de Jong and Gabriel Obertan getting close to full fitness and ready to return for Newcastle United.
Siem de Jong – back soon
Both players played behind closed doors in a friendly against Carlisle United yesterday, and both came through well in the 3-1 win.
And after the game, the 25-year-old Dutch International tweeted the following:
“Played 45 minutes today in a friendly game! #almostthere.”
We expected Siem to be very close, but it’s a pleasant surprise that Gabby Obertan is coming back too – and we simply must get as many points as possible in our final 16 games of the season.
Before being injured in early November in the home game against Liverpool, Gabby had played some of his best football at Newcastle, and looked a good player on the right wing.
It’s now three months Gabby’s been out and so far he’s missed the last 14 games, with eight being played in December including New Year’s Day.
Mehdi Abeid also played in the friendly yesterday, and must have a good chance of starting for Newcastle at Hull City on Saturday.
De Jong has been out since early September, so Newcastle fans have seen precious little of him, but he did look a good player in pre-season, and hopefully can score some goals for us.
Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez is slowly but surely getting back to full fitness, following his cancer scare of the last year.
The good news is that other players like Ryan Taylor and Rolando Aarons cannot be too far away either, and Rolando should be back next month from the hamstring injury, that has essentially seen him out for almost the last four months..
That’s what happens when you bring a player back too early from injury, and against medical advice, which is what Alan Pardew did when he played the 19 year-old in the League Cup tie at Manchester City in late October.
Rolando has looked great when he’s played for Newcastle this season, but he has only made five appearances with two goals this season.
So it looks like Siem de Jong, Gabby Obertan, Mehdi Abeid, Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez and Rolando Aarons will be back for us very soon .
That’s got to be good news.
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