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Moussa Sissoko Could Be Fit For Old Trafford

2:03 pm, Thursday, August 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

It’s good news about Moussa Sissoko today, with an update being given on the player by first team coach Paul Simpson, and when it happened last Saturday just before half time, the coaching staff thought it could be a serious injury.

But the good news is that it’s not and he has sustained a grade one strain, and he will probably miss the game at Manchester United, even though he wants to play on Saturday.

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Moussa Sissoko in action last Saturday

It was a good decision by both Moussa and the medical staff to take him off at half time, and it seems to have been a precautionary move that seems to have paid off.

This is what Paul Simpson has said:

“We are delighted with the improvement Moussa Sissoko has shown, at half-time we really thought it was a serious injury, but by the end of the game it had settled down.”

“We had a scan earlier in the week and the signs were quite positive on there, they talked about it being a grade one strain, the possibility of a couple of weeks out.”

“But Moussa is determined to be involved at Old Trafford, he is determined to play, and made it clear to medical staff and to the coaching staff, if he has a chance then he wants to be involved.”

“He has done a little bit of light running – whether this weekend is a little bit too early, we will just have to wait and see.”

It seems to us there should be no chance of Moussa playing on Saturday,  and if there’s any doubt about him for the home game against Arsenal one week later, he shouldn’t play in that game either.

After Arsenal there’s the two week International break, and that could ensure Moussa is over the injury once and for all.

There have been times in the past when we have played players who are injured,  and that’s never a good idea, and you usually pay heavily when you take those kinds of risks.

With the new coaching staff knowing all about the many injuries at Newcastle every season,  they are going to be very careful about when they allow players to return from injury.

Moussa may have a chance for the Arsenal game, but he should have no chance of playing at Old Trafford.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 will die for the toon army // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:08 PM


  • 2 archaeomag // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    “They say he has no ligaments in his knee,…”
    Good news ED – Charlie Austin is Bionic … more than a coincidence?

  • 3 LGFUAD21 // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Cisse scored a goal every 104 mins.
    Austin a goal every 180

    Not to mention Cisse was carrying a knock into last season still from his knee break.

    I dont think Cisse gets credit,

    He does his job and waits for his moment to strike. One of the most efficient strikers in Europe that seems to pick up the flack for the team behind him not being able to control a game and create chances.

    It’s very linear logic:

    We lack goals
    We replace striker
    We get goals

    Just like everybody’s

    We leak goals
    We replace defender
    We no leak goals

    Football is a team game, increasingly so these days.

    Defenders cant defend without midfield protection.
    The best defensive records are often from teams with the better attacks. Attacking puts a team on the back foot and limits the pressure on your defence. Hence why the best defence is a good offence.

    Thats why Mcclaren has said we play too deep and need to play further up the field. We dropped off too much last season and it basically ended with us having to cope with wave after wave of attack.

  • 4 Brian Pinas // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Man United have been cack so far this season. I think we can get a result at Old Trafford.

    If we start Mitro he could win us the game.

    Btw my predictions so far have not been far off: 2-2 v Soton and I had us to lose 3-1 to Swansea.

  • 5 SanD // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    I think Mr Golds assessment of Austin is spot on.

  • 6 WWSBRD // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Woah woah woah u brought Cisse into the Austin review

  • 7 SanD // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    A result against Man U is only conceding 2 goals.

  • 8 SuperShearer // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Knowing our luck Man Utd will kick into gear against us, buoyed by their CL performance in the week.

  • 9 LGFUAD21 // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Man U can boss this game but they aren’t creating much.

    Villa showed if you can get at them they begin to look shaky.

    Hit them with pace on the counter as shaw likes to get forward. Perfect for Thauvins debut.

    He can play left of we want crosses but he also shows good potential in cutting in and shooting. He has a rocket of a shot when he gets a chance.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    san d

    exactly, we shouldn’t go near austin for that kind of money. prioritise one of dunk, van dijk or abdennour and pray to god someone takes willo.

  • 11 LGFUAD21 // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    I did bring Cisse in. I think people wanting to sell him is insane.

  • 12 Brian Pinas // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    They conceded way too may chances against Brugge and hardly created any against Spurs and Villa (who are awful).

    We’re 9/1 to beat Man Utd. Will probably be 12’s by Saturday. It’s gotta be worth a shout.

  • 13 yorkshire_magpie // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Been watching some clips of thauvin on YouTube and he is very similar to Ben arfa. Has magical feet and a very good left peg on him. Only thing I’m worried about is he is quiet lightweight and needs to beef up to survive in the prem.

  • 14 WWSBRD // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Haha I dont think we should sell him just to bring Austin in but am not against having both of them on the books by any means

  • 15 SanD // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:27 PM


    Stick with the strikers we have and concentrate on defence. I will be surprised if we buy another CB I think if we do get a defender in it will be a fullback even though I think we could do with both.

  • 16 Brian Pinas // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    I don;t think Thauvin is lightweight and he’s actually pretty good in the air.

  • 17 JackButler // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    The real worry about the weekends game is how we handle the flanks.

    Depay and shaw could have an absolute field day against our stand in right back and Sissoko ifs he’s not at 100% of his game, but UTD are grinding our victories rather than blowing side away so who knows how it’ll turn out

  • 18 SanD // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    There are plenty of these so called ‘lightweight’ players doing very well in the premier league. Silva for City springs to mind.

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