McClaren’s Staff Already Having Big Impact In This Area

26-year-old Dutch International Vurnon Anita should be available for the game at Swansea on Saturday after being stretchered off the field in the second half of the 2-2 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

He fell badly after he had made challenge trying to head the ball, but it looks like it was nothing serious and in fact he was back in training again yesterday.

And overall we don’t have too many injuries at the moment and that’s a big improvement over previous seasons – fingers crossed.

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Vurnon Anita getting treatment on Sunday

Head coach Steve McClaren had said after the game he did not think the injury was serious and today assistant coach Paul Simpson has talked about the injury situation on nufcTV and said this about Vurnon:

“He’s had a little bit of grief about that because it’s been a proper miraculous recovery – stretchered off on Sunday and fit to train on Wednesday.”

“But it was a real concern at the time because he took a really heavy, awkward landing in his fall. I’m going to have to give credit to the medical team – they’ve laid their magic hands on him and he’s made a really good recovery.

“He joined in training – hopefully there’ll be no reaction from that and we’ll have a clean bill of health going into the Swansea fixture.”

With Cheick Tiote finally getting fit again,  he will be pushing for a place in the side, and Vurnon has been playing well in one of the two holding positions in the 4-2-3-1 formation that Steve McClaren is using at the moment.

Paul Dummett and Remy Cabella are also coming back from injuries and they are on the mend too:

“Paul Dummett has been doing a bit of work and then he had a little bit of a setback, so we went and had him re-scanned.” “It came back clear so he’s been back out on Wednesday doing the work.”

“He’s getting to a decent level, he’s just feeling a little bit of discomfort, but we’re hoping we can get over that very soon and get him involved in one of the under-21 games.”

“He was pencilled in to be involved this Monday against Blackburn at Whitley Park but it now seems as though that’s going to be too early so it may be the following week away at Brighton. We’re just looking all the time with him.”

“Remy Cabella has been out working; he’s done five or six days out on the grass, doing football work, working with the rehab fellas. We’re hoping that maybe by the end of this week or the beginning of next week, he may be able to join in with the rest of the group to start building him up.”

Newcastle haven’t got too many injuries at the moment and we hope there will be a big improvement this season and we’ll not suffer the injuries we usually get during a Premier League season.

Apart from Paul and Remy, Newcastle have injuries to Curtis Good (hip/thigh), Emmanuel Riviere (knee) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin).

It’s worrying that Curtis Good is still troubled with the hip injury he picked up last year in March when he made his debut for Australia, and he visited a specialist in America when the club was on their US tour last month.

Riviere could be facing surgery on his knee, and Sylvain has never been fit in this pre-season, but is expected to be sold or sent out on loan before September rolls around.

Overall, the injury situation at Newcastle is not too bad at all at the moment, and it seems that Allesandro Schoenmaker, our new fitness coach who is working with the medics, is already having a good impact at the club.

That’s good news, and so far Steve McClaren and his new staff seem to be doing well.

Now we have to beat Swansea on Saturday, which will not be easy.

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