Steve McClaren held his news conference today and he was completely and utterly tight-lipped on the transfer market and wouldn’t even say which positions need to be strengthened this month.
There’s nothing wrong with being secretive on the transfer front and there’s certainly no way that Steve should mention the players we should be after – but he may be overdoing it just a little bit.
Papiss Cisse – could be back in training next week
There was some good news on Papiss Cisse – and the last we heard he was supposed to be out for about two months with his groin strain.
But this is what Steve McClaren said about Papiss and some of our other injured players today:
“I was going to say that Papiss has been out running on the field and as long as he keeps progressing like he is – he could be back in training by next week.”
“Gabby Obertan is still back in the gym and Mike Williamson the same.” “But it’s good to see Riviere back on the training field along with Rolando, Mbabu and Jamaal Lascelles.”
“(Steven) Taylor will be back mid-week training again with the team, so in that respect we are bringing some back.” “Vurnon Anita is still away- it will be quite a few weeks.”
It also seems as though Jack Colback has picked up a slight knee injury (a niggle) so it may be that Jack misses out tomorrow but if so he will be back on Tuesday night for the home game against Manchester United.
There’s some good news on the injury front with Papiss almost back and finally Steven Taylor finally coming back after being out with a hamstring injury since late August.