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Club Confirm Why Four Players Absent From Return To Training

Newcastle United’s official website has confirmed that four players have not yet returned from training due to recent international appearances.

Those players who will be given an extended break are Christian Atsu of Ghana, Fabian Schar of Switzerland, Martin Dubravka of Slovakia, and Miguel Almiron of Paraguay.

This is what the club has written about those four players:

While those who have been on international duty – including Miguel Almíron, Fabian Schär, Martin Dúbravka and Christian Atsu – remain on an extended break, the rest of the squad are back in Benton to begin preparations for the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

Christian Atsu is currently injured with a hamstring problem he suffered in the African Cup of Nations. The extent of the injury is unknown but he has returned to England and left the Ghana squad.

Two players that are not mentioned are Ayoze Perez and Henri Saivet. Both of them have not returned to training but for completely different reasons.

The squad will have less than two weeks before their first preseason match in China against Wolves on Wednesday, July 17th.

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29 comments so far

  • Genjikai

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Code for by schar almiron and dubs

  • Genjikai

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Nice 150 mill worth of talent that in this market.
    Get them sold.

  • Genjikai

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Its what its all about football making money.
    Well thats all that a toon supporter born in 2009 will think.
    Nee wonder they need convincing to support the toon.
    They probably think footys shite.

  • Genjikai

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Toon22 post up chis email. Im going to message her me.

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    So we have an owner who is a proven liar and his odious sidekick that go to the lengths of drawing up plans for a new training ground that they have no intentions of doing anything with to persuade Rafa to stay. Despite this evidence we have former Ashley apologist and flat earth theorist beefman13 calling our former manager a con man.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    5 weeks ago I was in dreamland. Justin Allen had just broken the takeover story. Talks with Rafa, while drawn out seemed relatively positive and I was walking on air.

    My partner who sadly was right as she generally is re – NUFC said it’ll be another wind up, don’t get your hopes up. A bit like 22 without the inane obsessively repetitive bit.

    Poor old Almiron must feel like Nobby no mates when he turns up for training and sees that the other 2 amigos have gone, along with Rafa. Meet Mr Redfearn….QUE ???

    With Rafa gone, Ashley still here, best players being flogged, why in god’s name would you want to be party to this and keep supporting Ashley. Boycotts do work, just look at Lazio as a recent example.

  • ShearMagic

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Hoping the core of the squad stay and we get a capable manager to keep us up this season. That gives us time to finally push FCB out.
    Gutted about Perez leaving, he has alot of haters but always been a fan of the lad as you all know!
    Hayden a no show.. Family reasons or working a transfer? Good to see longstaff there still. There’s plenty of time to get in replacements, takeover hopes dissolving now 🙁

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    How long before Munster blames the mess we are in on Rafa and his influence on the team. The relegation battle of 15/16 will be forgotten, the last game if the season the year before, the WLLDLLLLWDLLLLLLWLLDLL in the second half of the season before that won’t be mentioned and the penultimate game of the season before that one that ‘saved’ us will be a distance memory. Nope siree the shite we are in is because of Rafa!!!

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #9


    That’s a brilliant idea with the coffin, If we could get a procession of 1000s parading behind through the Toon, would be nailed on for TV coverage it would probably get SkySports coverage.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Beefman and others just listen to the anti NUFC prats on talksport too much and take it as gospel. Not the brightest when presented with the actual facts.

    Rafa could have gone at any time but stuck it out to the end of his contract. Rafa had a clear vision of how to progress the club. The final straw was probably not being allowed to sign our player of the season because he’s 29 !!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    shear magic

    ”That gives us time to finally push FCB out.”

    Really…..12 years and counting. Enough is enough.

  • Toonbean

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Coffin was done before and if i remember correctly the wider football community just laughed at us


  • Geordie-john

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    This is Fat Lad putting the talent in front of house for all to see and possibly bid/buy

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Churnley saying the training ground was fine after promising him a new one was probably a big factor as well.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Nope I think theres a simpler explanation. Beefman is a confirmed crank who locked himself in his own cellar months ago in case the Chinese invaded and has run out of beef jerky and irn bru.

  • MickyZee

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    I know time is pressing as far as the transfer window goes, I know we are all agitated by Rafa leaving, but I’ll say it again, the BZG group have never said that they wanted Rafa as manager, if they do take over which is still a strong possibility then they can appoint their own man without any hassle from the fans for allowing Rafa to go, Ashley is getting the stick for that, I’ve said all along that this could happen and it still could, I know time is running but as far as we know the BZG group may have a manager lined up with signings ready to commit.

  • Macas

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda – Benitez couldn’t have left at any time, he would have had to pay £6 million if he did

  • Genjikai

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Truth be told mate.
    It shouldnt take any big screens, fanzones, coffins to convince fans that going to the games is supporting ashley not supporting your club.
    People should be able to see what is clearly infront of them.
    Ashley is mugging every single one of you off.
    What are you going to do about it?

  • Mindshaft

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Macas, the club Rafa was going to would have had to pay 6 million compensation whilst he was under contract, not Rafa himself

  • Mindshaft

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Some people I’m just like doh!

  • jimiley

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Too many lunatics will keep going. The “I’ve been to every game since 1947 ” brigade and ” nobody is going to stop me giving coin to Big Mike.”
    Anyways its takeover day if you have all missed it. it has to be today as Big Mike is pulling the plug tomorrow.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22


    And then you wake up…

  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23
  • beefman13

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Danny deck shoes and lard arse tsunki, premium blog bullies.
    OK, would Benitez go to Chinatown for 4m for such a big project? Would he f cuk. Mercenary.

  • kimbo

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    With regards the coffin story, a better idea is parading behind the big Rafa banner on the day of the Arsenal game, and when you get to the ground, cut it up and give a piece to the 20000 supporters who are going into the ground and ask them to roll it up and throw it on to the pitch.

  • captainmarvel

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #26

    The idea of a journeyman manager would keep the club in the Premiership with this crop of players is nonsense, Moyes, Martinez, Hughes etc. Are total crap. If the takeover does not happen we will be in a worse position than Uddersfield were last season..

  • Tuttelbom

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #27

    For my part it doesnt matter wether Benitez and Perez has gone.
    Benitez is good on the defencive, thats about it. I cant understand how hes so beloved with his negative tactics, alienating of players, etc etc.
    And Perez isnt too much of a player. Remember last year? Was like watching Bambi on ice sometimes. 30 mill for him is a cracking sale, and I dont bother wether Cashley puts them in his own pockets as long is one of the latest things he does as owner.

    Nobody is bigger than the club.

    New owners with ambitions, King Kev back as manager and a whirlwindish Aarons is the hope for the coming weeks and season. Then we are talking NUFC again.
    I refuse to think cynical in believing that Cahsley has yet another pony trick going on.

    At least now in the summer.
    It might be the same old crap when autumn comes. But I wont let it ruin the summer. This one is made for dreaming a bit.

  • jimiley

    Jul 4, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #28

    I overheard a conversation between Penfold and Big Mike in the SJP car park

    P ” The season ticket sales have gone through the floor.”
    BM ” Have you gone public on the fakeover?”
    P “No boss”
    BM “So whats happened?”
    P “They do not believe a fakeover is happening?”
    BM ” What do you mean they do not believe a fakeover is happening. They are Geordies for phook sake they always believe.”
    P “No boss, the bullshit aint working this time.”
    BM ” Phook it. We’ll just have to go for the nuclear option.”
    P “Nuclear option?”
    BM ” We’ll have to buy somebody. That always works. A record buy. But nothing stupid like Leicester are paying. I’d carry Perez to Leicester myself for that sort of money. 25 million and no more. I need all the profits I can get to buy another store. Now get to it.”
    P “Yes Boss.”

  • captainmarvel

    Jul 4, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Wetherby, whether, weather, wether = waffle


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