It seems that Gabby Obertan has made a remarkable recovery from his torn thigh muscle he suffered against Liverpool on November 1st, and John Carver at his press conference today has said Gabby will be involved at Hull City on Saturday, and that’s good news.
Gabby Obertan in action earlier in the season
And as we had expected Mehdi Abeid is fit again and Mehdi and Gabby showed that in the behind-closed-doors friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday afternoon in the 3-1 win.
Siem de Jong is not quite ready for the Hull game, but he should be ready within a week or two.
This is some of what John Carver said today during his press conference:
“Siem is looking even stronger but this game may come too soon. He’s given the group a massive boost because of his presence.” “Gabriel Obertan will be involved this weekend, as will Mehdi Abeid and Davide Santon.”
Managing Director Lee Charnley and the board saw enough on the pitch of how we are trying to play, for them to be encouraged.” “We’ve got 16 games left. Why can’t we go on a run? I’ve seen enough to suggest we can.
“We’ve had a lot more team meetings and video every training session now. I have one or two different ideas, like anyone would.” “Last season at Hull was one of our best performances. A similar performance and result will see a smile back on my face.”
That Hull City game is the one we won 3-1 with two goals from Yohan Cabaye, in what turned out to be his last game for Newcastle and he was subsequently sold to PSG for £20M, and that win put us on 36 points from 22 games.
But we added only 13 points in the remaining 16 league games last season and today we have 27 points from 22 games.
And that’s an odd comment from John about Lee Charnley and the Board being encouraged by what they have seen on the pitch – they may have been encouraged by some of the form, but hey, we’ve lost the last three games.
And as we know football is really all (only) about results – a manager or coach is in the results business, and there’s no getting away from that.
But it will be very good to get Obertan and Mehdi back into the side, since before they were injured both of them were playing very well in the first team and showing some of the best football they have played for Newcastle.
They both joined the club in the summer of 2011 – and we cannot wait to have Siem starting some games for Newcastle.
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