John Carver has just given an injury update for the important game at Sunderland on Sunday, and as expected Rolando Aarons is not yet fit enough to return to the squad.
It’s now over five calendar months since Rolando last played for us against Liverpool on November 1st.
Rolando Aarons – still not fit enough to return
Mehdi Abeid is fit again and he has trained for the last couple of weeks, and he could start on Sunday.
Top players Moussa Sissoko, Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat have not picked up any knocks while away on International duty over the last couple of weeks.
This is some of what John has said in his press conference today:
“All of our international players have come back in one piece,” “Mehdi Abeid will be in the squad but it’s too early for Rolando Aarons.”
“The players know what the derby means,” “With the staff – most are local – they know what it’s like and what to expect.
“Any team of mine playing against a Sunderland side will never lack for effort or enthusiasm. My staff and I will be driving them on.”
We will see how the lads do on Sunday, but at the very least we expect them to match the passion and drive the Sunderland players have shown in spades during their four game winning streak over the last couple of years.
Whether we can win the game or not who knows – but a win would certainly lift the mood of Newcastle fans which has been negative all year because of our poor results and threadbare squad.
By not bringing in new players in January to fortify the squad, the powers that be have weakened Newcastle for the second half of the season for the second year running.
That’s not good.
If you don’t learn from your mistakes – history repeats itself – it’s true every time.
How Will Newcastle Fare At Sunderland?
- Lose (42%, 1,443 Votes)
- Win (37%, 1,290 Votes)
- Draw (21%, 727 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,460
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