John Carver is a very down to earth guy, and it’s obvious he’s just completely focused on his current job at Newcastle, in his capacity as the head coach of the squad through the end of the season.
Siem de Jong – tomorrow is too early for him
John is trying to get as many points on the board as possible, and wants to finish as high up the table as he can – and during the briefing he said 10th wasn’t good enough, 9th wasn’t good enough and 8th wasn’t good enough.
No, he didn’t say 2nd wasn’t good enough. 😀
That was a bygone era.
Carver did give an update on the injury situation towards the end of his media briefing yesterday at Benton – and this is exactly what he said as the last comments in his briefing:
“Dummett is back in the squad this weekend yes, Obertan is in the squad yes.”
“Aarons no – he’s about a week away and h’s around about the 16th and he should be back training with us, and it’s just a bit early for Siem de Jong.”
It will be good to get Rolando Aarons back, but ti looks like the best we can do with Siem is to have him available for the game at Manchester City on Saturday February 21st (two weeks today), as it looks like Wednesday’s game at Crystal Palace could also be too early.
Next weekend we have a free weekend since we are already out of the FA Cup.
In fact we are getting so many players back that we have dropped to second place in the Premier League injury table, with Southampton on top with eigth injured players, and Newcastle second at seven.
And our list of seven still includes players like Siem, Paul Dummett and Ryan Taylor who are back in training, and of course Paul is fit to play tomorrow.
Cheick Tiote is on the list with a foot injury which he has picked up at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, so it’s doubtful he will play in the final of the African Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast against Ghana tomorrow.
A win would be a terrific result for Newcastle tomorrow at St. James’ Park.
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