Siem de Jong could well be in the squad for Sunday’s game against Spurs at St. James’ Park, as he came through playing 45 minutes for the Newcastle U21 side tonight, although we lost 2-0 to Derby County through two second half goals.
Siem de Jong – played 45 minutes tonight
Siem was the captain tonight in front of a watching John Carver and Managing Director Lee Charnley, and the interim head coach must have liked what he saw, with Siem very efficient in midfield.
Siem has had an injury ravaged season, with a badly torn thigh muscle he picked up in September, and then in February when he was almost back in the squad, the 26 year-old suffered a collapsed lung, which was immediately operated on.
But Siem could still come back and play in some of Newcastle’s six remaining games, and that could be a big boost for our side who have lost five games in a row.
Siem played in the first half and John Carver would have been happy he came through OK and then – well would you believe it – on came on loan striker Facundo Ferreyra in the second half.
Facundu was coming back from a long-term back injury – so who knows maybe the Argentine on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk can also help us in some of the remaining games of the season.
Facundu has yet to play for the Newcastle first team – but if he shows good form on his comeback – there’s no reason he cannot help us get the points we need through the end of the season.
This has to be viewed as positive for Newcastle, and we may even see Siem de Jong get a sub appearance for Newcastle in the second half on Sunday against Spurs – all being well.
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