It’s good that Tim Krul has been able to stay fit this year, because our experienced back-up goalkeeper Rob Elliot has been out since the game at home to Chelsea on 6th December, when he injured his thigh muscle just before half time – and he is only now returning to full training.
Remy Cabella – back in training
That’s more than three months out with the injury, but that’s what you get when Elliot was played with a slight thigh injury before it went completely, and Newcastle have played players injured this season too many times with bad consequences.
Rolando Aarons is the other serious case, when he was played at Manchester City in late October while not fully recovered from a hamstring strain, and he is still not back in full training having suffered a few setbacks.
John Carver delivered some good news today for a change:
“What we need are a few days recovery,” “We’re down to the bare bones, especially defenders. We’ll give them a few days off, and then we’ll have a good seven or eight days to prepare for Everton.
“By the time we get to Everton we could have two or three players back.” “Remy Cabella’s looking like he could be back with us, Robbie Elliot could be back in the squad.”
“We could have one or two people back, which is good news, and Jack Colback, because he’s been suspended.”
We were hoping that Rolando Aarons would be returning to training this coming week but maybe not.
But having Cabella and Colback back for the game at Everton on Sunday is good news, and both are likely to start the game, with Rob Elliot finally back on the bench replacing Freddie Woodman, who turned 18 on Wednesday.
Local lad Jack Colback has served his two match ban, and he has been a big miss, and we are hoping that Massadio Haidara can also return from his knee injury, although both Ryan Taylor and Jonas can play at left-back in his absence.
And with Papiss Cisse likely to get a six or seven game ban today from the FA, Carver may try to find a place in the side for Ryan Taylor, because of his goal threat from free kicks.
We may even need him to score the winner again at the Stadium of Light next month. 😀
Newcastle need to find goals from somewhere in the next seven games, with 11 goal Papiss out suspended.
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