The news this morning is that Emmanuel Riviere will potentially need an operation on his injured knee, after the Frenchman has had a reaction to training.
No decision has been made yet, but it does mean we will be short of a striker and seems to put more pressure on Newcastle to bring in another new striker before September 1st.
Manu Riviere training during last weeks open day
The former Monaco striker picked up the injury on the US tour lat month, but when he was training last week at the open day at St. James’ Park, it seemed he had overcome the injury.
But it has been painful after training, and there is an assessment to be made as to whether he needs surgery to correct the problem.
This is what Steve McClaren has said today in the Chronicle:
“I think Manu Riviere’s knee was painful after training.” “So he might have to have surgery.” “We are investigating that.”
“Dummy will train this week and Remy Cabella too.” “The staff have done a great job.” “I would really highlight that in terms of preparation.”
“We said we wanted a really big squad and want everyone to pick from, so we have a real headache.”
“The staff and the players have done that in terms of their preparation.”
Newcastle currently have Cisse, Mitrovic, Perez and Riviere as out-and-out strikers, probably in that order at the moment, and we assume if Newcastle bring in Charlie Austin or Diego Rolan, then we can presumably let Papiss Cisse leave.
But depending on whether Riviere needs the surgery and how long he will be out for, will decide whether Papiss Cisse can be allowed to leave this month – even if we bring in another top striker.
Given what Steve has said about Newcastle wanting a bigger squad this year, Papiss would probably be left in the squad and not sold if Riviere has surgery – even if we bring in a new striker.
Well at least not until January, when a decision could be made given our situation in the league and cups, and also with the injury situation at that time.
Newcastle must cut down on the injuries this season and have players available, especially when we will try to do well in both the League Cup and the FA Cup this season – in addition to the tough Premier League.
So far the good news is that we have not had too many injuries and Paul Dummett and Remy Cabella are back in training, which is good news but they will not be ready for Swansea on Saturday.
Not having injuries allowed us to have a really strong bench for the game against Southampton on Sunday, with Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic all being available.
So even with the Riviere potential problem, Newcastle have so far done a lot better with injuries this season – fingers crossed.
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