Good News – Top Youngster Finally Returns To Training

After the shock of hearing late last night that Siem de Jong had suffered another collapsed lung, his  second in 18 months, we were looking around for some good news this morning and we found it – it’s that Rolando Aarons will finally return to training next Monday.

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Rolando Aarons in action at the Etihad Stadium in October

It was always unlikely that Siem de Jong would play tonight at Crystal Palace, but to have him suffer a second major injury after being out five months with a badly torn thigh muscle, must be really hard to take for the player, let alone the fans.

Siem will now essentially miss the whole season for Newcastle, and he has made only three substitute appearances all season.

And it looks like Sammy Ameobi will miss the game tonight, after picking up a knock in the second half of the 1-1 draw against Stoke on Sunday, but we do have Gabby Obertan fit again, and Yoan Gouffran is also available to come in for him tonight.

Rolando Aarons has, like Siem de Jong, missed much of the season through injury, and he has struggled with a hamstring injury since early September, and the 19 year-old has appeared only five times for the side with two good goals.

He was played while still not fully recovered from a hamstring injury in the League Cup tie at Manchester City, where he scored after six minutes,  and we are just hoping that everything is fine with Rolando’s hamstring.

We remember when Michael  Owen was still a teenager and Liverpool played him while not fully recovered from a hamstring strain,  and Michael had problems with his hamstring after that, and he lost the terrific speed he had when younger.

But hey – John Carver had some good news for a change today – and this is what the caretaker manager has revealed:

“Rolando will start work with Dave Billows, fitness and conditioning guy, on Thursday.”  “He will start training with us on Monday.”

While not wanting to sound like a broken record, Newcastle must get to grips as to why we have so many more injuries than other clubs in the Premier League each season.

There’s something wrong somewhere.

It will be good to have Rolando Aarons back in the squad, and maybe he will play at Manchester City a week on Saturday.

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113 comments so far

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost from anyew stream;
    How many more of these articles are we going to see ?
    A players say he wants to join another club( not us ) so we pretend to have an interest or are ” tracking” him for 3 years yet we have no real intention of making an offer . If a player does sign for us it’s only to get a foot in the premier league to jump at first chance of a “bigger club” so when they say “I want to play for Liverpool “why don’t we say ok ….. Next?
    Maybe we were spoiled with shearer, a player who could have gone to any team in the world but genuinely chose us.
    Seriously f@@cked off when I see these streams .
    I’ve just got over P.E.A.
    This week I will be ” tracking” destinys child .
    we’ll it has the same level of truth as this shi@e

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m pretty sure he said next Monday a couple of weeks ago. Never never.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    One Fine Day…For a few reasons, we don’t have the same appeal to players as some other clubs in the PL. Tie in with that, the lack of ambition to achive anything, it makes us a dead cert to be a stepping stone club.

    You would think though, if this is our model, that we’d take a few more risks with player purchases and get these type of players before their profile rises and they attract the teams that we can’t compete with (the ever growing list it seems).

    Anyway, on thread, great news. He hasn’t played that many times for us, but he looks a great talent and definitely plays on the front foot.

    On Siem, surely this can only be considered good news? We don’t need him this season for our targets, the real bonus is that we’ve in theory completed our first summer signing!

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Ibiza oh yes Siemens next year will be ” like a new signing ”
    As for Aaron’s ,has he actually signed a new contract yet?

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    AC…Well, “Next” I suppose could mean any future Monday? He didn’t say it was the very next Monday 🙂

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Always have a feeling that it’s no longer possible for us to stay under the radar especially in France ,I think most teams both selling and the likes of Swansea etc( Jesus how did it come to this) are on to us and seem happy to let us use our scouting network make our usual insulting low bid then make a move done deal.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    One fine day…I haven’t heard any updates, although, I seem to recall reading that the club had the option for a 1 year renewal anyway, so maybe the urgency isn’t quite as it seems.

    I get not wanting to take too many risks, but given what he’s shown so far, I’d be tempted to take a risk on Aarons.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    The good thing about Aarons is that he is typical left winger and he is the only one in our club at that position currently.Anyone else there is on his unnatural position and that is no good.But the thing is that Aarons is still heavily unproved player.A lot of enigmas about this young player.We’ll see in the future.I truly believe that Haidara can play as a great left winger.Maybe better than AaronsAnd at the left back he is simply ideal.

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s like when the bathroom tiler turns up in November and tells you he will have it done “Tuesday week”

  • John Tudor

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #10

    returns to training to “break down” again coz numpties in charge

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Agree on that
    It’s harsh but I’d be doing it while he is injured too before his agents get greedy and start filling the kids head.
    A four year contract decent wage and at club where he will get a chance like Perez rather than bench warm or be out on loan after signing for a bigger club .( like Swansea:) )
    Thinking of him ,Perez and say benteke as a front line with cabella on form is a one that gives me hope for next year

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #12

    One Fine Day…Indeed. Get ’em whilst they don’t know better! 🙂

    What’s happened with Benteke? Is he out injured, hardly here him mentioned anymore?

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13


    Oh dear.

  • lesh

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Yes, we must get Aarons fit so Ashley can put him in the shop window for a summer sale.

    But first of all, he’d have to get him signed up on a long)term contract to maximise his transfer fee.

    So, expect to hear that the lad’s signed a new contract soon – and then he’ll be off.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Lesh…It’s exciting stuff.

    Wondering how much profit we might make off him is keeping my up at night.

    Aren’t the accounts out soon? Honestly, this waiting malarky is too much. I suppose it’s good that they fill the time with some football, but at the end of the day, who cares about the football? £££

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    He has been bench for last few games due to form ,only two goals since October but still second top scorer at villa.
    Wonder if he has a relegation clause in his contract ?
    Be a sweet karma raiding villa if they do go down:)
    Our only other option maybe the lad from hetha Berlin who made a mistake going to hamburg

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Someone posted a fantastic formation and line up yesterday of 3-4-2-1.

    I think Carver should be experimenting with it. Dummet, Williamson and Colo at the back with Haidara and Janmaat as wing backs. It would suit us I think and have Cabella and Perez playing the high midfield line off Rivière or Cisse.

    We’d be so much more fluid in attacking areas and if the players are disciplined and compact we can be very effective at the back as well.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Also news on De Jong isn’t surprsising. We buy risks and he was a big one. In all
    honesty I don’t think we’d have been able to accommodate him in the team without problems.

    Simply because he is too slow, teams who cannot dominate possession regularly in this league cannot afford slow players.

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Go toon goooo,
    I think haidara is def better suited to full back and I’d keep in there as it’s a position we always struggle with.
    For years we have watched right sided players played at left back and vice versa.
    Finally he seems to be thriving for the first since that thug mc car thy battered him at Wigan .
    Wingers are something we seem to find easily it’s just keeping them fit we seem lost at

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #20

    McCarthy. Got to love spell correct

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #21

    One Fine Day…I don’t think there is one toon fan who’d be sad to see Villa go down.

    Seems we were actually ahead of them in long term plans when Derek used them as an example of a team we’re trying to emulate.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #22

    one fine day

    You think of Callum McManaman.

  • Sav

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    de Jong will siem like a new signing in the summer.

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Lol oh yeah forgot lamearse aspired to the dizzy heights of brum’s finest .
    He was a true visionary.
    How long before he tells rangers fans to be “realistic and we could be the next heart of Midlothian” ?

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #25

    I always think the back three system as long as the team practice it continuously , has much more going for it. If it’s done right it can be like having 3 sweepers at the back with all laid out before them , a bit like a an air defence system , response time is everything.
    I may get howled down for this – but – I think I can see a steady progression , improvement , and movement in the right direction from JC and the squad
    OK the Stoke game was dire for long stretches but it takes 2 to tango and Hughesy’s lot were as culpable as us.
    Looking at it dispassionately I never thought Stoke were in control and but for that series of unforced back passes never looked like scoring. If that Crouch goal had occurred earlier in the game we would have got another no danger.
    I hope the progression continues tonight

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #26

    Go toon goooo,
    Thanks and yes it was
    Callum McManaman.
    Had a touch of the Sir bobbys there:)

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #27


  • ash1001

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #28

    I wonder how many times have we as fans have asked ourselves the same question – Does anyone Board, Scouts, Team Management, Medical Staff, etc have a clue what they are doing, Many faults can be picked in every department, we hobble along from one disaster to another De Jong been the latest laughable situation, I thought these guys had all the Hi-Tech gear that’s available for tracking performance info, they wear those devices as the norm while training, so no one picked up that De Jong had a problem. I remember Pardew saying at the beginning of the season we had recruited a new fitness guru who was the best in the business, I presumed he meant in getting them fit and up and running, maybe Pardew meant something else. the same sort of stories that come out from above i.e. Ashley’s annual investment in the club that never happened, Non existent team strengthening+ loads of other gaffs etc
    Now we have Rangers banning Newspapers ala NUFC and the Chronicle etc
    We must be the most loyal bunch of supporters in football, mabye the saying “I am just a thick Geordie Muppet” is true.

  • AncientC

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #29

    Michael Owen was a veteran and world beater by the time he was 19… We will be lucky to get 10 straight games out of Aarons’ by the time he is 21 at this rate.

  • martoon

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Jeff from Benwell @25 – I have to say I agree with you – I thought we did OK against Stoke in fact considering the praise Stoke have been getting recently they were awful and their passing was worse than ours.
    Three at the back could work – we should maybe try and copy Liverpool’s formation as it seems to be working well for them at the moment.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #31

    You clearly dislike NUF
    Blaming the club set up for a players collapsed lung is starting to lend the criticism a surreal quality.
    You can sustain pneumothorax from an elbow in the ribs while training

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #32

    After going against medical advice with Aaron’s Pardue should be charged under workplace health and safety act . He had a duty of care and completely abused it.
    For what ? A trip to white hart lane which he had no intention of winning .
    So want three points tonight just to see his smug face

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #33

    Absolute panic and blaming of medical staff regarding Siem is insane.

    It’s a common complaint seen in A&E with tall athletic fit young athletes.(pros or amateurs).

    Siem will be back before the end of the season!!

  • AncientC

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #34

    When Riviere plays the team is higher up the pitch and plays with a better shape… he should be playing every game.

    Perez isn’t a target man, nor is he a scrap hunter or a 1 man strike force… that should be blatantly obvious.

  • AncientC

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #35

    one fine day – I am very confident we will beat Palace tonight. Cabella for one will be a on mission to send a message. Should be fun.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #36

    Tomorrow is going to be even worse after Palace thrash us tonight – I really can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, it’s so depressing – at least playing away is better than being at home where the atmosphere is terrible

  • firebug666

    Feb 11, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Tonight is all about Carve-up for me, If he picks a team and has a good game plan this is a win.

    If not he must hang his head in shame.

    We have the players to beat Palace, we need a game plan, and a plan that is changeable should the inept one change his one tactic.

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #38

    Here’s hoping .
    It’s a win win for pards anyway even if we win he will somehow try to take credit for his “legacy. ” the man has no shame
    Hopefully cabella does turn it on to prove a point and if he does get hooked off late on I hope he throws the water bottle at the right bench this time ( joking last thing we need is someone else ruled out)

  • Bambams

    Feb 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #39

    Parker will have his lot well up for tonight….unlike he did for us and the derbies

  • one fine day

    Feb 11, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #40

    Be interesting if Pardue try’s to play his containing game, since he’s the home team an that.
    I think a lot rests on sissoko tonight if he finds form he can destroy them . He is due a blinder hopefully wengers in the crowd might motivate him 🙂


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