It must be very difficult for Siem de Jong at the moment, and he’s had a tough first season at Newcastle, where he’s been out injured nearly all season, including in pre-season, and now he’s out with a collapsed lung – probably for the rest of the season.
Siem de Jong – to be used as a coach
And with all the injuries Newcastle have picked up over the last couple of weeks, John Carver’s job as head coach has become that much more difficult.
And Siem has only made three sub appearances for Newcastle all season, but John Carver plans to use him as a coach.
This is some of what John Carver said at his media briefing yesterday:
“I haven’t put a timeline on it for Siem. The most important thing is how he feels.” “This was a big operation he had. So it’s y in his hands. We won’t force him before he is ready to come back.”
“He’s such a positive guy he might be back quicker than anyone expects.” “My question would be can we use him around the place?”
“I haven’t had that discussion with him yet so he might not want to do anything.” “I might ask him to come in and watch the U-21s and give me a bit of feedback on the U-21s.”
“Or the youth team.” “I want to make him feel part of the club because he’s a little bit frustrated because he’s come here with a big reputation and he’s not been able to give something to the fans.
“He was so close and then it’s like chopping his legs away.”
Siem has been missed at Newcastle, not only because he’s a good player but he’s also a leader – so keeping him involved at the club in some capacity is a good man-management move by Carver.
And when he last had his collapsed lung at Ajax in August of 2013, he was out for about six weeks, but he’s had surgery this time.
Eight weeks out is the prognosis, and that means he could be ready by about mid-April, but then he would have to get match fit – so it’s a long shot that we’ll see him playing this season.
But Siem can still stay involved and use his vast experience to help the Newcastle youngsters and offer feedback to John Carver – it’s a good move by John.
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