Steve McClaren has done his Newcastle v Norwich pre-match press conference and confirmed four players are back training and in contention for Norwich.
As expected on the injury front Steve has confirmed that four players are back in training – Paul Dummett, Sadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback – but the good news is that every one of them is in contention for the game at home to Norwich on Sunday.
Steve McClaren – has given his press conference today
He looks worried
That’s good because either Paul or Sadio can come in at left back for the injured Kevin Mbabu – who hopefully will start training next week after recovering rather quickly from his hamstring injury.
Steve has been quoted as saying the game at Norwich is a game we have to perform and hopefully win the game:
“If we perform for 90 minutes like we did in the first half against Chelsea and Man City, then we will win football matches.” “We’re at home against Norwich, but it doesn’t matter who the opponent is this weekend. We have to perform.”
“Norwich have been very good. They’ve got the confidence of promotion and have added very well. They can be a real handful.” “Janmaat has trained the last couple of days. Colback, Haidara and Dummett have all trained and are in contention.”
“Tim’s injury is a massive blow for us. We’ve had a few days to get over it and it’s time for Rob Elliot to step into his boots.”
Rob Elliot is a big player for us now and he’s never played with Chancel Mbemba so we hope they can get to know how each other play before Sunday.
But in the past Rob has been a solid goalkeeper for Newcastle and that’s what we need to see from the 29 year-old Republic of Ireland International on Sunday.
Every Newcastle player has to play for the shirt and if they can do that and remain mentally strong for the full 90 minutes we should be able to get our first league win of the season.
That would be great and exactly what’s needed.