During his press conference today Newcastle manage Steve McClaren gave an injury update and it was generally good news that some players will soon be returning to fitness.
Papiss Cisse is surprisingly still being assessed with the groin injury he picked up and we suppose he could even play against Everton on Saturday but that’s very unlikely.
But the fact he ‘s still being assessed probably means he will not be out for very long.
Steven Taylor – returns to training soon
Jamaal Lascelles returned to training today and Steve Taylor should return soon, after over four months out with the hamstring injury he picked up at the end of August.
This is what Steve said today about the injury situation:
“We don’t mention it much but we’ve got 4 or 5 long-term injuries. 9 on the treatment table.”
“Cisse is a ‘doubt’ for Everton but still needs to be assessed. Lascelles back in training, Aarons a week away. Taylor a fortnight away.”
“We have to move on quickly from Villa. We were very unlucky and had chances to win it. I understand the fans’ frustrations.”
“The squad will be in on Christmas Day in the morning. Train as normal to prepare for a tough game with Everton.”
It’s good that Rolando Aarons is not too far away from returning too – and we have seen very little of Rolando over the last 16 months due to a string of injuries.
And we have nine players on the injury list – and that’s still a lot.