Newcastle had some good news last night at St. James’ Park (yes – steady on there), and although the U21 side were beaten 2-0 by Derby County, Siem de Jong came through the first half with no ill-effects, following his recovery from the collapsed lung he had in February, and he looked good in midfield.
Siem de Jong – back for the first team very soon
Both Lee Charnley and John Carver were at the game sitting together, and the interim coach had said in his press conference yesterday that he would leave it up to Siem whether he is in the squad for the game at home to Spurs on Sunday.
After the game Siem talked to nufcTV and this is some of what he said:
“I feel all right physically.” “I’m almost back, but I just feel I missed the 5%.
“Sometimes you think you want to make an action, but you’re not that explosive yet. I’m glad to have that 45 minutes.”
“I’m still building up. I’m training hard. I’ll be training hard in the coming days.” “It’s just nice to be back on the pitch. It’s been a long time. It’s good to feel the ball.”
“I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there.”
“I don’t know if I’ll be on the bench on Sunday – we haven’t discussed it yet.”
While John Carver is right not to push Siem back too quickly, there seems a reasonable chance the Dutch International can be on the bench on Sunday afternoon, and even be available for games after that – maybe even to start.
And if he doesn’t play on Sunday and he’s on the bench, that will help get Siem back into the groove – and the 26 year-old can help us in the final few games of the season.
That’s got to be a positive.
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