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Newcastle Injury Update For West Brom Game

There are doubts on several players for the important game against WBA tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.

Haris Vuckic – could start tomorrow night

Yohan Cabaye  picked up his fifth yellow card of the season on Saturday and will miss his first league game of the season, and we expect one of the two 19 year-old youngsters  – Haris Vuckic or Mehdi Abeid – to come in .

Both players are outstanding talents, and it’s good that one of them will get a chance,  and they may both feature in the game tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.

Former Everton midfielder Dan Gosling is also out tomorrow night, and he will serve the second game of his three match suspension,  after being sent off at Norwich for a rather stupid two footed tackle, after 65 minutes of that game.

And full-back Ryan Taylor still has an ankle injury, which is what kept him out of the squad for Saturday’s home game against Swansea.

But Davide Santon had a very good game against the newly promoted Welsh side, and will continue at left-back tomorrow night, and if Ryan is fit he’ll probably be on the bench, and of course he can play in many different positions.

Danny Guthrie is out with a groin strain,  and not due back for at least a couple of weeks,  and news that striker Peter Lovenkrands could be out for up to three weeks with a calf injury.

Peter picked that up in training, and also long term injury casualty,  Steven Taylor,  is not available while he recovers  from an operation on his Achilles.

We think Ben Arfa could be brought in as a second striker,  so this is the team that could be starting tomorrow night in a 4-4-1-1 formation:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Perch Santon
Obertan Tiote Vuckic Gutierrez
Ben Arfa
Demba Ba 

There’s a possibility that Sammy Ameobi could start on the right wing in place of Gabriel Obertan, and of course Abeid could be preferred to Vuckic  in central midfield.

Shola Ameobi could also get the start with Demba Ba up front in a 4-4-2 formation and Mike Williamson could be brought in for James Perch, but we think it’s too early for that.

What’s your team for tomorrow night?

Comments welcome.

88 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #41

    …and he shouldn’t play 4-5-1 since that is just a rariation of 4-4-2. You need 4 or 5 midfielder for those formations.

    Jonas and Obertan are wide men and HBA is def. striker or att. midfielder.

    If you want to accommodate that you have to use a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation. And since AP bought continental players maybe he should try to play more continental than the all British 4-4-2 formation, that non of the top 6 teams would touch with a barge pole.

  • JackButler

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #42


    lol, will be relying Burnsie for inside information 😉

    How’ve you been mate?

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #43

    He wont change the formation.

    It”ll be the same team as Saturday with Vuckic replacing Cabaye.

  • alex84

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #44

    i agree 442 does not suit us, i think Cabaye would be even better in a 3man midfield like arsenal, Man city etc…if he was the spare man he would control games more and be such a threat.

  • Klatoon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #45

    i think that will be the team tomorrow with maybe HBA instead of Best. Btw the number of headers Best wins against CB’s is unreal,he hardly ever loses an aerial duel,i remember him even beating Samba (SJP 3-1)

  • GeordieCoaster

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #46

    @belfastmag See post 8

  • alex84

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #47

    best ba

    thats what i think Pards will go with on Wednesday night

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #48

    JackButler // Dec 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    I’ve been good mate. What about you??

    Just had another kid there 3 weeks ago.
    So I’ve been a bit busy lately.lol

    Haven’t been on here in ages.

    The Burnsie fella Is defo still Itk.

    He says Loads of inside info to come.Haha

  • Stuart

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #49

    Haha you lads don’t think Burnsie is itk do you? He’s one of my best mates and I can tell you with all certainty he has no inside knowledge lol.

    It is his birthday today though so happy birthday to the lad lol.

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #50

    Looks like Smithy got outa the wrong side of be this morning.lol

    I actually thought Saturday was Perch’s best game for us.

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #51

    Haha.Burnsie is a laugh.

    Still pissin myself Laughing when I think of the last day of the transfer window when we didn’t sign a striker.

    He was getting death threats over It haha.
    There was a full angry mob after him. 😉

    The amount of abuse he was getting on Twatter was classic.

  • JackButler

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #52


    Congratulations mate on Jnr hope all are well 🙂
    Been good mate, dreading the window 🙁


    Nah mate, Burnsie thinks he’s in the know, just dont have the heart to tell him otherwise 😉

  • Stuart

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #53

    Haha Belfast!

    Does he go on like a source on twitter like? I’ll have to give him stick about that today lol.

  • JackButler

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #54

    The last day of the window I thought Burnsie was gonna have to go into hiding there were so many ‘Negative’ comments aimed at him, he upset quite a few on twitter was a good laugh if nothing else

  • Satan

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #55

    As with nimo’s earlier comment; I’m all for MA’s financial restructuring, im all for self sufficiency and sustainability so long as it’s done in a structured, phased manner which doesn’t include the mass marketing of every good player we have for sale to the highest bidder….I’m a football fan and pay a lot of hard earned money to watch decent players play decent football….I don’t pay to read a balance sheet. What I care about are keeping the likes of Tiote, Colo etc and bringing in a good CF and CB out of the 35m Carroll
    transfer fee….If you take published records of fees attributable to so-called ‘free transfers’ then we’ll have spent around 6-7m in the summer on our ‘freebies’ out of the 35m received and this is not even allowing for net profit on other deals, the money is there without a doubt, it’s a question of MA and his ambition (or lack thereof). Prove everyone wrong Ashley and spend the Carroll profits on Gary Cahill and Luuk DeJong…..you’d still even be left with a few mil in the old sky rocket

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #56

    Im not really looking forward to this transfer window either m8.

    I think we”ll sign a centre half & a striker.

    But I think Tiote will be sold to Chelsea or Man utd. 🙁

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #57


    Pardew has no plan B. He never did.

  • Klatoon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #58

    Ah the “joys” of the last transfer window,us “trying to hijack Bryan Ruiz’ move to Fulham” was a “highlight” for me 🙂

  • JackButler

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #59

    I see we’re being linked with Gary Hooper from Celtic for 8mil???
    Don’t know much about this lad, is he any good?
    The same source also claims that Tiote will go to Man Utd for 14mil in Jan, you gotta laugh at some the BS thats going around

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #60

    Stuart // Dec 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    What actually happened was….

    He had about 90 followers on twatter & he guessed a couple of things right about transfers with a couple of days to go.

    Then he gained about 200 followers & turned Into a bit of a celebirty.Haha

    So then he started saying he was Itk & we were defo signing a striker.

    So when we didn’t sign a striker people were looking to kill him.Comedy gold it was…. lol

  • JackButler

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #61

    Burnsie became a media whore, telling everyone that he’d been on TV, scored a goal at SJP lol

  • dmac

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #62

    I love all the people moaning that we are not signing Maiga! The same people that moaned he was not good enough… Hard to follow here lads.

    I think we need a Cb and a striker but in reality i fear it may be a case of trying to hang on rather than signing.

  • MichaelMagMan

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #63

    Simmo Perch Colo Santon

    Gabs Tiote Vuckic Gutierrez



  • MichaelMagMan

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #64

    I think the big man has only authorised one signing in Jan, with the trouble we have at centre half it looks to me like they have knocked Maiga on the head claiming his knee was knackered and turned their attentions to a cb.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #65


    You really, really do need to look at the club’s audited accounts. Only then will you find the answers. We are still massively in debt (albeit to Ashley). No one particularly wants to read a balance sheet, but at least we still have a team to support.

    I do admit I support Ashley in certain things but in others I can not. Firstly it would be great to have a really good manager here on merit. Secondly it’s frustrating when deals like Darnel Situ the French CH who as was available for only 250K and didn’t complete the deal to us, are missed opportunities.

    I just don’t lnow what to think about NUFC any more. On the one hand we have7/8 really really good players and could really kick on, but there’s this feeling of frustration and everything being up in the air.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #66

    For me a CB and striker are the priorities in Jan, anything else is a bonus as we may not even bring in two players. A LB would be nice but being realistic I’d be happy with the two. And, of course, no more departures, particularly of the likes of Tiote. The board justified the stadium rebranding because it was preferable to selling our best players to generate income. If we go and do both I’ll be irked, to put it mildly.

    Sorry to re-post but old threads tend to be abandonned very quickly!

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #67

    @BurnsieBen Newcastle
    Its over the wall, Its over the wall, You all love Burnsie, Its over the wall! ”Take it Like a Fan” Star Penalty Scorer at SJP & NUFC mad lad!!!! + ITK???

    There’s a still a hate mob on twatter after him.Haha

  • JackButler

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #68

    The fact the Maiga has gone on strike twice to engineer a move should have alarm bells ringing with us fans, the last thing we need is another player with a bad attitude. We’ve had far to many of these in the past

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #69

    If Tiote isn’t sold in this window,It will be the next window.

    I could deal with it if he goes to Man utd or Chelsea.

    Id be gutted if he went to Liverpool or Spurs like.

  • MichaelMagMan

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #70

    Chelsea favourites to sign Rodwell according to Sky Sports News

  • toonbrother

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #71

    Why should Best make way for Ben Arfa? What did he do wrong on Saturday?

  • Klatoon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #72

    Hope Chelsea get Rodwell,it’ll be one less big club after Tiote *fingers crossed*

  • -Tendo-

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #73

    off-topic but what’s going on with the naming rights? didn’t LambArse say that we had to have one agreed by december so that puma could get the shirt for next season ready?

    Is it just me or does anyone else think we will have sports direct on our shirts next season? It would look so tacky…..

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #74

    I think he’ll go to Man Utd.

    Especially after Fletcher being ruled out for the forseable future.

  • Kris

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #75

    I think Pardew will start with the same team as Ed though. I think its also possible that Pardew will use R.Taylor in the CM if fit, but I hope he start with Ed`s 11 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #76

    @Rotonda heights

    I don’t mind Pardew; I all for stability and he brings that for the time being, but sometimes I don’t even think he has a Plan A 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #77


    Was Best on the field Saturday; I swear I didn’t see him 😉

    I thought we were 10 against 11…

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #78


    best was invisible

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #79

    Vuckic looked pretty comfortable on Saturday for someone that ain’t played in a long time.
    Think he’ll get the nod.
    Ben Arfa could play RW or left as he’s played brill there in France.
    Great ball in the box too.

  • martoon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #80

    BelfastMagpie87 – I don’t think Roy fits our current transfer policy i.e. young – Roy must be about 57 at least 🙂
    Rowan – I love the way you predict a clean sheet and then have a score prediction of 2-1 🙂


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