A Small Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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 - good shot of him in training

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.

Here’s hoping.

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7 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Any chance that Pardew would try to poach Carver for Palace? No, I thought not.

  • firebug666

    Apr 15, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2


    If Only!

    Mind you he did sign Shola. I have to say though, as a coach, I just cannot see Carver being on any clubs list.

    As for that tea lady, she might move on to better things.

  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    firebug i understand gateshead have her on a pre contract…………. she makes a grand cup of tea

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 15, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    why do we even care if he will be fit? I’d save him for next season , as if he comes through tonight , it will be a few weeks before he is proper match fit ,

  • firebug666

    Apr 15, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5


    Another top star gone, damn.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 15, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6

    That video for support the boycott is canny, be nice if it made it onto sky.

    Ashley out.


    When things are tough at SJP and I’m cheesed off I listen to this, it has more meaning this week and i’ll have it blasting on Sunday.

    Ashley out!

  • Sav

    Apr 15, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    You lot just don’t appreciate the coaching quality we have in Cardew:

    ‘We need to get them and patch the side up. We need to get a side on the pitch and have a right go. That’s why the next two games our fans are going to be massive for us, to get right behind us and drive us over the line.”

    If Pep Guardiola had said that, you’d be getting all excited about his tactical acumen and motivational skills. One of the big Champions League clubs are bound to poach him come the summer. That is the only reason he carries his flip-flops everywhere.


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