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Newcastle Have Good News On The Injury Front

4:10 pm, Sunday, February 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 72 Comments

Newcastle have recently had Steve Taylor finally return from injury and while he played well last week with little threat from West Brom, he was exposed by Chelsea yesterday and did not have a good first half – although not many Newcastle players did have a good first half yesterday.

Jack Colback is back fit again and he came on in the second half for Gini Wijnaldum after Steve McClaren had decided to go into damage limitation mode.


Papiss Cisse fit again – can he get the goals for us?

It’s a good job that’s not what Alan Pardew did in February five years ago when we were 4-0 down to Arsenal and came storing back with four goals in the last 26 minutes to get that famous 4-4 draw – which was news around the world.

Newcastle will go to La Manga in Spain this week for some warm weather training and maybe some mental exercises too, so some of our players can toughen up some of our players who don’t seem to turn up for tough away games.

The Chronicle is reporting that McClaren is hoping to have Paul Dummett, Gabriel Obertan, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cisse all fit for the next game on March 2nd at Stoke City, which is another massive game for us followed three days later by a home game against fellow strugglers Bournemouth.

We also wonder what the status of Chancel Mbemba, Siem de Jong and Kevin Mbabu is – and whether they could be fit for the game on 2nd March too.

Mbemba was touch and go but should be fit for the Bournemouth game.

The return of all those players will both add competition for places and also give Steve McClaren some new options and at least we should have a much stronger bench, always assuming we can keep the players fit.

And maybe Jack Colback could slot in at left back when Mbemba is fit again and we could have a backline of Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini and Colback?

In any case it should be a lift to have so many players come back for the final 12 games of the season – and we reckon we need about 16 points at least to  survive the drop this season.

It could be touch and go but at least some good news for us today that Villa were hammered 6-0 at home by Liverpool and we play at Villa Park in the second last game of the season on 7th May

Villa even now have an inferior goal difference to Newcastle,  so they are looking doomed – so two more clubs to take the drop with them.

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Tags: Chancel Mbemba · Injuries · Jack Colback · Kevin Mbabu · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Paul Dummett · Siem de Jong · Steven Taylor · Vurnon Anita

72 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Saylor’s injured maybe?

  • 2 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    so who’s out the door first Charnley / Carr or McLaren……….bearing in mind Charnley / Carr would possibly pick the next manager ????

  • 3 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    I hope we get the news out of SJP that macca has been sacked

  • 4 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    is it just me or does knowing that Obertan, Anita, Haidara and Dummet coming back do nothing for your confidence in staying up?

    Cisse can be a game changer but the rest are hardly any better than what’s already playing

  • 5 Ron Knee // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:20 PM


    All three at once, I hope!

  • 6 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Get Jose in offer him a big wage and a massive bonus if he keeps us up

  • 7 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Yeah Ed. Let’s look forward to getting everyone fit when we can have your favoured defence of Jamnutz, Mbemba, Colo and Colback. I can’t wait. Are you backing or sacking Makro today?

  • 8 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Obertan could be a good impacr sub

  • 9 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Still love Cisse like, clearly need Dummett and Haidara back, Obertan will add something on the wing (Sissoko can be replaced late on in games or hell even rested? Madness I know) not fussed at all by Anita 4th or 5th choice now imo

  • 10 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:22 PM


    Unless Charnley and Carr are sacked nothing will change as they are the two that are running the show.

    If SM is sacked today I dread to think who those two numptys would give the job to

  • 11 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Are u expecting Ed to respond to ur baiting? Just email him if ur that upset

  • 12 G // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Anybody else noticing thd teams at the top seem to be playing conventional 442 formations? Just saying.

  • 13 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Nothing will change until Ashley leaves…not sure why folk are ignoring that

  • 14 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:26 PM


    I think things will change in the summer if we are still in this league, I can’t see Ashley being happy about spending almost 100 million and being in the same state we were this time last season

  • 15 firebug666 // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:27 PM


    I don’t think Macca will get the sack mate, He was hired by idiots, and the idiots sit in their towers wringing there hands and passing the buck.

    They expect Macca can still do the job, even when the obvious is a blinding light stinging the eyes.

    There will only be one question asked when we go down.

    How did that happen?

    When idiots are running the club you can expect nothing but idiocy from them.

    Ahh well onwards and downwards!

  • 16 toon kk // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Squad members to come back, none are premier league quality. It won’t make any f-ing difference what so ever.
    Between now and the end of the season we’ll see more of the same.
    Very poor and an odd excellent display but the outcome will be the same, Relegation.

  • 17 bettyswallocks // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    They are not going to sack McClaren. They have allowed him to restructure the squad to suit his philosophy and backed him with money. There is still a lot more to be done and mistakes have been made already within the new strategy. The problem is going to be staying up to continue the restructuring.

  • 18 anthc // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Think I would gamble with mbabu dummet mbemba and janmaat at the back when fit. Couldn’t be any worse.
    However, another thumping at Stoke really puts more pressure on a win against Bournemouth. Mclaren won’t get sacked, Charnley and ashley are like them old bankers on trading places! I bet Charnley judging by his appointments has us to go down!

  • 19 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Charnley, Carr and Bobby – Oot. Then Makro.

    The horse has been coming and going with cart loads of manure and piling it at Ashley’s infamous door. It’s time he looked out of the curtains while there’s still a small view from his window.

  • 20 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Why not? Not his money it was the clubs

    And if those two “numptys” were sacked who do u think Ashley would replace them with?

  • 21 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Put it this way if Sports Direct was in our position Ashley would be doing something about it

  • 22 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    that’s exactly what i think the 3 together would be great but if i had to one the other it would be Charnley / Carr would be first

  • 23 Rotonda heights // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:31 PM


    For a man with the world’s longest ongoing hate of one individual it’s a bit rich calling other people out.

    Hardly clouded judgement over a very futile and pointless debate. It’s like saying who is better out of ….

    Well I can’t think of an analogy right now but just to be clear. I don’t rate any of AP, JC or SM.

    Given their career Cvs to date it is very debatable whether AP is so much better than SM. If anything SM is marginally better than AP, actually having won something.

    Re – JC I would suggest possibly you and I could do better than him.

  • 24 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Yeah the small matter of staying up … in order to continue the careful restructuring.

  • 25 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    I could do a better job than JC and I don’t have any experience!

  • 26 MacToon // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    After the transfer window closed, I said, slightly tongue in cheek, the £20 mil we didn’t spend (from the apparent £100mil available) should have been used to get a top manager in. Made perfect sense.
    Unfortunately this club under Ashley rarely makes sense.

    Can’t believe people are wanting the likes of Pearson in …….

    Can’t believe the way McClaren has been “defending” this warm weather training by saying it’s a training camp. Like that makes any difference. he’s very defensive, looking very uncomfortable nowadays with all the grinning and hand movements.
    Wonder if they will consider practicing “dealing with the ball”. Might be worth a try.

  • 27 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Rotonda heights /
    dont forget toonbrother and his undying love for colo

  • 28 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:37 PM


    It’s all guess work on our part mate, do we view the opening of the purse strings as a sign of intent to improve and progress? Or do we view it as simply a course of action to save our EPL status?

    If he does want progress then surely Charnley and Carr and now on borrowed time but if it was simply a means to an end for survival then they may be around for some time to come.

    Like you I have no bloody idea on what is, or what will happen, all I do know is that I am sick and tired of seeing this club look like a bloody joke from top to bottom.

  • 29 bettyswallocks // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Ashley has gambled before with our PL status by spending nothing and doing nothing. Since last seasons mess he has done something and will expect at least to stay up without doing more until the summer. We will soon find out if it’s been enough.

  • 30 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Ashley hires his mates when it comes to NUFC and none of his mates are football men

    He could sack everyone at Newcastle but he’d replace them with worse imo

    U can’t just treat the symptoms mate

  • 31 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:48 PM


    I know you can’t just treat the symptoms, but unless he wants to sell up and unless someone is will and able to come up with the odd couple of hundred million we are stuck with him.

    After Ashley the biggest issue at the club is the overriding apathy of the fans so there is zero chance of forcing his hand one way or the other

  • 32 reilly // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Lee RyderVerified account
    Understand #nufc have no plans on changing head coach at the moment.

  • 33 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:51 PM



  • 34 lesh // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:54 PM


    I’d like to think that Ashley’s got a head-hunter tasked with identifying candidates to take over from Charnley and Carr at the end of this season – if not before.

    And unless Ashley takes control of the Manager/ HC situation, we may be faced with being stuck with McClaren. If McClaren were to have been replaced, the job should’ve been done before Christmas to allow for any substitute to bed in and get to know the players etc. Anyone coming in now’ll be on a hiding to nothing.

    I think everyone agrees that between them, Charnley and Carr have made a monumental mess of the Club in the short time they’ve presided over its affairs.

  • 35 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    A poll:

    Should Newcastle sack steve?

  • 36 lesh // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:55 PM


    No surprise there then is there. After all, they don’t do knee-jerks… but come to think of it, all they’re good at is fouling things up!

  • 37 toon kk // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    It’s sad to think within the next three seasons we could be in league 1.
    Good advertising for SD though!

  • 38 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Then what’s the point in sacking Carr and Charnley Ashley won’t employ an actual DOF and u reckon he will bring in a better scout?

  • 39 bettyswallocks // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    On a lighter note….. They were doing a phone in the other morning on the radio about how to still watch football on Valentine’s Day without upsetting the missus. One guy from Bolton said when they were doing OK he booked a suite at the Reebok and took his wife on V day for a champagne dinner etc. She wasn’t overly impressed and a few years later they divorced.
    When they asked him how long he’d been married he said it was a very sad divorce as they’d been together 16 seasons.
    I thought that was class.

  • 40 reilly // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    the fools that run the club will stick by mcclaren.
    but theres a method to there madness as the championship is mcclarens level.

  • 41 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:02 PM


    Goes back to the point I made by everything being decided what Ashley’s intentions are? Does he want us to push on or does he simply want survival and nothing more?

    Charney and Carr have shown they are not up to the task if he does want progress, as by all accounts he had to step in again to get two of our January deals completed. I guess the summer will see a lot of questions answered

  • 42 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Mate how many times have we been here with the Summer will answer questions? They’ve been answered

  • 43 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:06 PM


    I know, but it’s the only hope I have left, so please don’t take that away from me lol

  • 44 toonluvva // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Re Jack Butler

    Quite true.

    Despite Ashley’s comments at the end of last season, I remain convinced that his philosophy is just to remain in the PL.

    I am sure he is worried about our current plight, but will he do anything about it?

    IMHO he will just wait it out hoping there are 3 worse clubs than us at the end of the season.

  • 45 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    I’m not baiting Ed. He writes and invites comments.

    Ed is forever criticising Carver when he’s long gone and not the problem. It’s obsessive with him. I think most readers would agree.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if Ed didn’t chop and change his view. He’s now blaming lack of spend on defenders and goalscorers for our predicament when he was previously more than happy with the summer and winter windows. He now wants Makro sacked when he was more than happy with him in the summer and content again after our last win.

    And yet Carver was overseeing a very poor squad with none of the £80m reinforcements that gave Ed such optimism. If he wants to continually slag off Carver and invite comments, I will ask him to cut Carver some slack. Ed’s great with the benefit of hindsight. Just not where Carver’s concerned.

  • 46 toon kk // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    I’m sure MA actually wants what’s best for the club, he wouldn’t have decided to stump up so much money. But his total lack of knowledge is costing us. He’s relying on others like Charney, who also has no football knowledge, an old man (Carr) who’s past it. Mash hasn’t the foresight to recognise managers make a difference, so we stick with the wrong one.
    We’re just a flawed club, the clubs buy to sell regime hasn’t worked. MA pushed it too far and we’re paying the price.

  • 47 Ron Knee // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    According to a poll in the Chronic (only) 80% want McClaren out.

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    February 14, 2016
    Swansea fan trying to tell Newcastle fans how to deal with Newcastle matters…interesting I suppose but I don’t let other mags tell me how to support my club never mind someone from another teams support

    I will say what ever i like, I bet you, you was one of those that wanted pardew out.

  • 49 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Haha sorry mate but it’s true we have our answers

    So email him calling him out in the comments over and over again is pointless he isn’t going to ‘debate’ with u

  • 50 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    The City fans should be ashamed of themselves, challenging for the title, playing another contender and all those empty seats

  • 51 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    u can say what u like but I bet very few care what a Swansea fan says about us

    And I did want Pardew out ur point being? I bet u wanted Laudrup to do whatever was popular in Wales to say he should do…I

  • 52 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    I’m not asking Ed to debate with me. He expresses his views and invites comments. I simply comment.

  • 53 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Pen to spurs

  • 54 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Never a pen

  • 55 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Kane scores 1-0 spurs

  • 56 welshgeordie9 // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:27 PM


    Personally I didn’t want laudrup to leave.

  • 57 Ron Knee // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Did anybody think that was a penalty?

  • 58 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM



  • 59 BandB // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM


    I see you spending another day trying to bait someone into one of those interminable rows you can primp yourself over.
    It’s a shame Toonbrother turned you down.
    I’d have loved to see a clash between two such titanic intellects.

  • 60 Ron Knee // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:31 PM


    A bit harsh, I thought.

  • 61 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:32 PM


    Very harsh

  • 62 WWSBRD // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    U don’t comment u spam

    says a lot about u

  • 63 welshgeordie9 // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:39 PM


    How exactly.

  • 64 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    You come on with a bait complaining of a bait. Sums you up.

  • 65 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    so we get rid of McLaren do we think Charnley and Carr will have a plan B……………….LOL

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Fortunately for the blog even auld Blackas can see the folly in trying to persuade people that Charver kept us up tather than nearly taking us down.

  • 67 JackButler // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Iheanacho looks some player for City

  • 68 hibbitt // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Jail for Ashley /
    nearly is only halfway and halfways not there……….. no sign of relegation on carvers CV……………..but i am sure McLaren will oblige

  • 69 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    There always a point in sacking someone who are not doing his job or getting the results needed!

    …it shows intend and it keeps people in position with responsibility in their toes. I don’t think I can mention a PL club in the history of the PL with less accountability! Can any of you?

  • 70 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 14, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    To be fair to Ed, he didn’t want Carver or Makro a year ago. He preferred Remi Garde.

    It’s not a bait to suggest that Ed should be directing his ire towards Charnley and Carr. You can’t have it all ways. Be pleased with the windows, then say we have failed to strengthen attack and defence. Criticise successive managers for playing a crap tune, then deride the poor fiddle that they’re playing. Who is responsible for selecting the managers and players? Ed should listen to the tune that Remi Garde is getting from his poor instrument. It’s not easy for managers like Carver, Makro and Garde.

    I’ve been banging on for long enough that Charnley and Carr and the whole set up are the problem. Eventually the tide begins to turn as minds gradually move.

  • 71 posada // Feb 14, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Accountability. An interesting word.
    Does Carr ever have to face an interview and explain his appalling signings – No.
    Does the owner ever speak to the supporters – Once.
    Charnley – again very little heard.
    Reason for the lack of accountability.
    Ashley is strange. They say he is a recluse. These people tend not to trust others and they only interact with the world through a few chosen people who for whatever reason have their confidence.
    Convinced that is it. Blind loyalty to a small self supporting group who know little.
    SM was picked as he was acceptable for whatever reason to this group.

  • 72 Big Archie // Feb 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Shit – when you said good news on the injury front I hoped you were going to say that Taylor and Coloccini were injured!

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