Newcastle have Cheick Tiote out for the rest of the season with that knee injury, and the news this morning was that he has had an operation on it in Qatar, and John Carver thinks he will be out for the rest of the season.
Jonas Gutierrez – on the bench tomorrow?
Jack Colback also managed to get himself suspended last Saturday at the Emirates when he picked up his 10th yellow card of the season, so he’s out too.
But John Carver has included 31 year-old Jonas Gutierrez in the squad and John said yesterday it’s completely up to him whether he plays Jonas or not – and the Board are not telling him who to play.
We expect to see Jonas on the bench tomorrow, and it would be great if he gets some playing time, after his brave fight against testicular cancer.
Vurnon Anita had a very poor game last week at the Etihad Stadium, and gave the penalty away after only 28 seconds, and he was withdrawn at half time, so Vurnon will certainly not be starting tomorrow.
And with Jack also out, we have a feeling that Ryan Taylor and Mehdi Abeid will start tomorrow, and both have played well this season when they have been in the first team.
Update – we have seen that Remy Cabella is not fit after missing the game last week at Manchester City and he’s doubtful for the game against Manchester United on Wednesday too.
So this is the team we think John Carver could start tomorrow in an attacking 4-3-3 formation, and the defense picks itself because they are the only five experienced defenders we still have fit – even though they didn’t play well last Saturday.
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Haidara
Taylor(R) Sissoko Abeid
Perez Cisse Ameobi
Subs: Woodman Anita Armstrong Riviere Obertan Gutierrez Aarons
What would your team be for tomorrow?
And we’re a little surprised the confidence is not too high that we can win this game tomorrow.
We need to win this game and Newcastle fans will be a lot happier.
What do you think?
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