Newcastle will have Moussa Sissoko back from suspension for the game at Leicester City on Saturday, and John Carver is hoping that local lad Paul Dummett can also return to go in at left back, and that should help strengthen the back four.
Moussa Sissoko – will be back on Saturday
In addition Siem de Jong came through the full game last night at Derby County playing for the U21 side, and although he’s unlikely to start – Siem should come on in the second half on Saturday.
This is what John Carver has said to nufcTV today:
“I think it’s important that I come and see our players that are competing to get into the first team.”
“Along with Siem, we had Facundo Ferreyra, Adam Armstrong and Olivier Kemen so there’s four players who have been involved with the first team recently.”
“From a psychological point of view, it was very important that De Jong got 90 minutes. He got through the 90 minutes without any problems and he’s now got three or four days to recover.”
“Hopefully he will be involved at Leicester at the weekend.” “As we saw on Saturday, he’s a goalscorer and we need goalscorers at the moment. So it’s great that he got through 90 minutes and he’ll be raring to go.”
“But what I won’t do is throw him in at the deep end. I’ll have a conversation with him, see how he feels in the next 48 hours and then see where we go for the weekend.”
John is running out of games to save Newcastle, so fairly shortly he will have to throw some players in at the deep end, and hope they can get the win that should save us from relegation.
The Leicester City game will be the last of seven games Papiss Cisse has served since being suspended in the home game against Manchester United for spitting at Jonny Evans, and that indiscipline has certainly cost the team dearly.
But Papiss will have three games left to help save Newcastle, but the news is that he will be one of the (many) players leaving the club in the summer – most of whom cannot wait to get out and join a proper football club.