Excellent News On The Injury Front – Six Players Returning


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.

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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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59 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Naughty Ed, not quite 4 new signings there.

    good to see Roberts has signed a new deal.

    has Aarons signed a new deal?

    apparently Satka and Streeteare also out of contract this summer.

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  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    there is no excellent news unless fat man is gone along with his puppets

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  • geordie157

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Good news on the injury front, we’ve actually missed Obertan recently, which i never thought i’d say but fair play to him he was finally showing some good form before the hamstring went.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Well hopefully we get these lads back soon. The pace and width obertan and aarons gave was crucial, although obertan isn’t the best he was starting to run at teams and his pace caused panic and made space for others.

    Siem had some really good little link up’s with perez and it created some good chances.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail,

    Can we put this one to bed now as even you must see it’s kind of outstayed it’s welcome ?

    For a self proclaimed intelligent guy, (although sometimes reduced to calling people tagnuts,) you do display an amazing talent for SELECTIVE reading.

    Either that or you have a childlike desire to constantly wind people up.

    Let’s try again so you can file this one away for future reference, because with you there will obviously always be a need to.

    How does wanting Pardew out solely because of his general total uselessness, which you yourself have identified on numerous occasions, make me an Ashley fan?

    That’s a massive leap even for you febrile mind

    I’m the guy who can’t stand Ash for hiring AP.

    On that basis I think you are in denial and in fact are over compensating, when in fact in reality you have a very deep rooted admiration of Ashley.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Sag

    I will concede that AP had finally stumbled on using pace and having to play some youngsters, particularly Aarons, but then crazily and irresponsibly bought him back too soon a la Benny.

    However, Obertan, Aarons and Sissoko do represent serious speed and that is a potent and must have weapon in the EPL these days

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    sage even , sorry!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    157

    are satka and streete worth keepng.
    not seen enough of them tbh.
    hard to imagine they could be worse than willo and co.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    still no deal for Sammy has improved and is a great sub and would prob be happy with that kind of role for a few years
    there are a few youngsters out of contract and this season and a lot of first teamers out of contract next season
    yet seems no hurry to either sign or replace players
    what a way to run a club

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  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    satka not a bad player should be out on loan playing games each week streete looked very good and was making good progress when in scotland since then has had hip problem just getting back up to speed

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Hibbit

    It was Curtis good who was in Scotland and got the hip injury. Streete was at Port Vale but got called back for cover.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    average

    is good back in training

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  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    average sorry got the two mixed up should have known that

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  • Chris

    Jan 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    geordie157

    “apparently Satka and Streete are also out of contract this summer.”

    Not quite – Streete is but Satka signed a new contract earlier this year
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/adam-armstrong-lubo-satka-freddie-6872968

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #15

    rotonda

    Definitely, all teams need pace. If you don’t have either pace or height/strength up top there is little you can too as teams just close your space.

    Even barca at their finest had pedro, sanchez, etc playing wide to stretch teams for their players.

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  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Jesper,

    Week 37? What’s she doing? Hanging back for bets?

    Hope all is and goes well for you and your your good lady.

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  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #17
  • toonbrother

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Colocini – out
    McClaren – in
    Sorted

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Colocini – out
    McClaren – in
    Everything Sorted

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    toonbrother it`s Coloccini. If you are determined to behave like an obsessive attention seeker at least spell his name right,

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  • expatmag

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Tequila

    LOL

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  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22
  • tequilamag

    Jan 28, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Good morning Expat, all well I hope

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  • expatmag

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Tequila

    Pretty good over here although the summer has been cooler than predicted.

    I have been watching the Asia Cup and NUFC should take a look at a couple of the aussie lads.

    Trent Sainsbury….young quick CH plays in Holland
    Massimo Luongo…young midfielder reminds me a lot of Kieron Dyer

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    expatmag…young midfielder reminds me a lot of Kieron Dyer

    crashes cars and fights with team-mates

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #26

    Less injury prone than Dyer I would hope. I am looking forward to seeing Good now he is back from injury. If we get the 40 points wrapped up quickly I would like to see more of the youngsters get a chance to show what they can do

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    lesh…everything is going to plan…so far 😉

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  • Pottz

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Expatmag

    Sainsbury has been quality.

    How about Omar Abdulrahman for UAE?

    Anyway, fortunate to be off to the final on saturday.

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #29

    Colocini – out
    McClaren – in
    Happy Days

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  • dazzler

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #30

    If there is one positive to be drawn from carvers appointment it’s that the media have well and truly turned on the club. So many articles are coming out in the press questioning the logic of our strateg. When it was Pardew in, we were all ungrateful Geordies with delusions of grandeur.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Carver says:

    “When you are a manager you have to manage the football club, but the role has changed and it gives me maximum time on the training ground, coaching the players.” (( except for players who have the ear of those in authority ie. Colloccini ))

    “What I have done is given Steve Stone and Dave Watson more responsibility because they are very good at what they do, and it is important that you delegate to those who are talented.” ( it is about scales of expectation, after all the club thought AP had talent and continued to support him despite obvious deficiencies )

    “But when it comes to the meat of the session, it is my responsibility to prepare the team for the final 16 games.” (( meaning it will be the same team as AP but he has actually picked it and besides radical change would be too complicated ))

    “The players have been really positive and have responded. Even though we haven’t won a game yet, I think we’ve played some nice stuff in spells. Ultimately though, it is about scoring goals and winning games so that needs to change.” (( in other words making Willo, Collo and Gouf guaranteed starters has given them the security to try and contribute goals – not ))

    “We’ve done plenty of work on that on the training pitch and hopefully that little bit of luck we need will fall our way this weekend.” (( that old chestnut ))

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #32

    79two Carver has inherited Pardews squad it is an easy accusation to make that he is just picking the same players Pardew would.
    He is not many peoples first choice but I am not going to slate the man just because it is the default setting for the blog to criticise all things Newcastle.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Just seen the SFA ruling about dual ownership/influence:

    Disciplinary Rule 19 in full:

    “Except with the prior written consent of the Board: (a) no club or nominee of a club; and (b) no person, whether absolutely or as a trustee, either alone or in conjunction with one or more associates or solely through an associate or associates (even where such person has no formal interest), who: (i) is a member of a club; or (ii) is involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of a club, or (iii) has any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration or a club, may at the same time either directly or indirectly:- (a) be a member of another club; or (b) be involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of another club; or (c) have any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration of another club.”

    As the body in charge of Scottish football only that rule would only be relevant to Scottish Clubs, not clubs from other associations.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    tequilamag

    True enough and I plead guilty, the style of play has improved under just Carver but has also highlighted the lack of quality defenders which is beyond his control.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #35

    “Newcastle United have announced a freeze on the price of all season tickets for next season and have significantly reduced the price for its younger fans in the 18-21 seating area, with tickets being cut from £300 for the current season down to £250 for 2015/16.”

    …Circus is in town and they want your money! SIGN UP QUICKLY!!!

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36

    70TWO that is the nub of the problem, everyone has shown glimpses of quality but the great players do it week in week out. I don`t think we have any great players.
    Sissoko is really annoying me. He has been a model of under-performance for most of his career and when he finally shows a little good form is shamelessly flashing his knickers at any club he thinks will take him.. He will be a bench warmer at any club he goes to bigger than Newcastle

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #37
  • tequilamag

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #38

    Jesper we are all in awe of your heroic example in boycotting a club you could not find without asking directions. Mash must be quaking in his boots.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #39

    tequilamag

    Ha! I would not be opposed to seeing Sissoko benched, his ‘hot’ streaks are limited in nature and he always tires (from over use) towards the end of the season. Unlike last season, if we are more than likely safe, we might as well use players that have something to play for and want to show their talent for the benefit of the club and not just themselves.

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  • Slank

    Jan 28, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #40

    70TWO @ 32

    ‘As the body in charge of Scottish football only that rule would only be relevant to Scottish Clubs, not clubs from other associations. ‘

    That makes sense. I very much doubt that the SFA (or any other national association) can legislate over another association. I would think that only UEFA could do that but it would be subject to EU laws on freedom.

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