19 year-old Rolando Aarons will play for the Newcastle U21 side against Blackburn Rovers tonight (7:00 pm), and let’s hope he can come through some playing time without that hamstring of his going again.
Rolando Aarons – returns tonight for U21 side
It could be that if he comes through tonight’s game, then John Carver could even put him on the bench and he could get ten or fifteen minutes on Saturday in the game against West Brom.
We’ve seen before how Rolando can turn a game, but of course it’s asking an awful lot of a very young player who has not played since November 1st, and it might be totally unrealistic.
But it does seem that Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons and hopefully Papiss Cisse should be able to play in some of our remaining three games, and of course we need as many back as we can get.
But the problem with the game on Saturday is how we are going to keep the goals out – with Williamson, Janmaat and probably Dummett all unavailable – with Dummett injured again in his first game back.
We should hear an injury report from the under-fire coach John Carver in tomorrow’s press conference, but the two players getting themselves sent off on Saturday at Leicester was simply ludicrous and ridiculous and has put the club in further jeopardy.
Newcastle are certainly up against it in these final three games of the season, and it seems everything that could go wrong has gone wrong – it’s that damned Murphy again.
But the same thing happened to us six years ago, and it was still a complete shock when we lost 1-0 at Villa Park and took the drop – all we needed was one point in our last two game to stay up – but we lost against Fulham and Villa by 1-0 in both games.
This time will be much more difficult to get back to the PL in our first attempt.
Wonder if John Carver could call in Alan Shearer on Friday to talk to the players to try to inspire them?
It might be worth a try – anything is worth a try when it looks like we are about to be relegated again.