Well would you believe it, but both Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic have returned to training according to long-running website nufc.com and both could make the vital Stoke City game at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night – a game we should be looking to win.
The center-back and striker trained with the rest of the squad on Friday and with both being such vital players for Newcastle these days, we have to hope both could be starting the game next Wednesday night.
Chancel Mbemba – back in training with Mitrovic
The report is that Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita, Paul Dummett, Siem de Jong and Aleksandar Mitrovic all trained last Friday, so that´s really great news on the injury front.
Also involved on the training ground but not in full training were Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Kevin Mbabu, Gabriel Obertan and Massadio Haidara.
Fabricio Coloccini was not training, so whether he will be risked on Wednesday night is still an open question but it does give manager Steve McClaren some choices to make for the next game.
Maybe a Taylor/Mbemba central partnership is worth trying for the Stoke game and we assume Taylor is more match fit now than he was at Chelsea in the last game.
McClaren has to be careful to not rush players back becaasue we need these players all available for the rest of the seoasn if possible.
But being in training on Friday suggests that Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita, Paul Dummett, Siem de Jong and Aleksandar Mitrovic all have a great chance of making the game at Stoke.
Our next two games including our home game against Bournemouth next Saturday afternoon are absolutely critical and we have to start winning games if we are to survive this season.
By now we hope the players are all very well aware of just how important the remaining 12 games of the season are to Newcastle United.