Newcastle are starting to get players back from injury and suspension, so Moussa Sissoko will be back for next Saturday’s game at Leicester City, which is turning into a relegation 6 pointer, after we have somehow managed to lose seven games on the trot for the first time ever in the Premier league – but Leicester have now won four games on the trot.
Siem de Jong – scoring on Saturday
John Carver has to start getting some results if Newcastle are going to pull away from the relegation zone in what is looking like a death dive into the second division, and we hope we are not going to be down to the last game or two to see if we will be relegated this season.
This is what John has said on players coming back:
“It will boost everybody’s confidence seeing Siem come back and we know Moussa Sissoko will be back next week and Paul Dummett will be back next week.”
“They’re back at the most important time and that is with four games to go.”
“The one thing I will say is that you can see why we bought de Jong, you can see the quality he has and the fans will be excited by watching him when he’s fully fit.”
“He needs to get 90 minutes under his belt playing in the Under 21s and he will play on Tuesday. So he won’t start next weekend at Leicester, but he will be involved again and might get longer than 20 minutes.”
“Paul Dummett has had a couple of good weeks training and so hopefully he should be OK for next weekend as well.
“Rolando Aarons needs to get a game under his belt but he is not ready for the Tuesday U-21s match, so you might get him the last couple of games of the season.”
It looks like Moussa Sissoko and Paul Dummett could both start the game at Leicester City, so that’s two players back from last week, and hopefully Siem can come on at some point in the second half.
But we really have our doubts about Rolando – it looks now that the best he can do is the last two games, but we’d by surprised if he plays again this season, whatever John Carver has said about his season not being over.
And Papiss Cisse on Saturday will serve out the last game of his seven game ban, so he will be back in our next game at home to West Brom.
We don’t have too much hope of getting anything on Saturday, unless our players show some fight, guts, courage and determination, which for us were all missing in the second half on Saturday, after we went behind.
But the odds are that we could be outfought by a resurgent Leicester City side.
What do you think?