There was some good news about some of our injured players that John Carver delivered at his news conference today, as he said that Paul Dummett is fit after his hamstring injury, and Ryan Taylor is back fit again.
Ryan Taylor – back fit again – good news
Gabriel Obertan returned last week but unfortunately it is still too early for Siem de Jong and he will not be involved on Sunday against Stoke City. John Carver and his coaches have again had a full week’s training for the game on Sunday – so we should be well prepared.
This is some of what John has said today:
“We’ve had some work on the training ground this week and now want to go back to St James’s Park and make this place a fortress.”
“It’s a huge game. We’re two points behind Stoke so if we win we will go above them, and that’s our aim.”
“We are not relaxing. I want to get as high as I can up this division. We are here to win football matches.”
Striker Papiss Cisse is also fit and now has a good week’s training under his belt and maybe he can start at Sooke so we have more threat up front.
19 year-old Rolando Aarons is also still not fit and Rolando has been injured for most of the season after he was so impressive in pre-season.
Rolando was brought back for the Capital One Cup tie at Manchester City and it seems we are still suffering form that mistake and you tend to always pay the price when you play somebody who is not fully fit.
Rolando has only appeared five times this season with two goals this season.
And news today that Stoke’s captain Ryan Shawcross will miss the game on Sunday with a back injury.
This is Newcastle’s provisional squad – it’s quite a strong one – for the game on Sunday so Rob Elliot is still out injured.
Krul, Alnwick, Janmaat, Dummett, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara, Satka, Anita, Abeid, Taylor (R), Sissoko, Cabella, Colback, Gouffran, Ameobi, Obertan, Cisse, Riviere Perez.
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