Yesterday morning at this time we had some hopes of having Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons back – maybe for the last four games of the season – but that was shattered a few hours later when the Shields Gazette reported in an exclusive that Rolando had damaged his hamstring again, and will now be out for the rest of the season.
Siem de Jong – let’s hope he’s OK tonight
The Gazette in their exclusives are usually accurate, but it’s worth saying the news is not official until it’s reported by the club on their web-site.
However, Siem will play for the Newcastle U21 team at St. James’ Park tonight against Derby County in the 7:00 pm kick-off game.
And maybe some of the youngsters, if they put in a good performance, may even get a chance in the first team squad on Sunday against Spurs.
We always remember (just!) way back in 1961 when we were relegated in my first season at Newcastle as an amateur, the manager Charlie Mitten in the last few games had a practice game on the Thursday afternoon before each game.
And then he picked the players who were in form in the practice game the following Saturday in the league game – it didn’t work and we were relegated.
It’s not as bad as that at the moment – but we are really short of players.
So let’s hope Siem comes through the game uninjured tonight, and he has said he thinks the collapsed lung problem he has had for two years has now been fixed – so hopefully his problems are behind him.
If he can play for us in the last few games of the season he can help us get the win we need to be completely safe.
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