Triple injury boost for NUFC

Marveaux back in training
Newcastle United have been handed a timely boost as the Premier League campaign enters the final straight.

The boost I’m referring to is a return to fitness for Cheik Tiote, Leon Best and Sylvain Marveaux.

While Best and Marveaux have been out for a long time, both have started full training once more and are expected to be available for at least a cameo role before the end of the season.

Indeed Leon Best is looking for more than a cameo role as he tries to nail down a place in Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012. The 25-year-old has been sidelined for two months with a knee injury picked up against Queens Park Rangers back in January – a game he scored the winning goal in. It will be difficult for Best to get back into the team but he is looking to help out if he can.

β€œI’m hoping to get a few games under my belt and just help that final push in the last few matches,” Best told The Chronicle. He added: β€œI just want to help the team in anyway I can.”



Sylvain Marveaux is unlikely to make any real impact in the final few weeks of the season, although he will probably make a token appearance at some point. Personally I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen from Marveaux, but the lad has big question marks over his fitness that need answering before the success of his signing can be judged.

However, as I’ve understood it anyway, the reason that Marveaux has been out so long is because he has had surgery to repair the entire problem area as opposed to just being patched up and sent out to play again. It’s an approach we’ve seen before from United – ensuring players recover fully – so hopefully it works with Marveaux as he can be a real asset for us providing he stays fit.

The big news though, and perhaps the most immediate news, is that Cheik Tiote has trained all week and will be ready to return against Stoke City on Saturday. Tiote missed the second half against Swansea and the 2-0 win over Bolton, but will go straight into the starting XI after shaking off his hamstring injury.

Good news all round then!

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49 thoughts on “Triple injury boost for NUFC

  1. So if Tiote goes straight into the team, that means Perch should be dropped but i wonder if Perch will stay in the first team and Williamson gets dropped instead.

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  2. i think perch is struggling with a knock as well as guthrie so the midfield will be tiote cabaye gutierez.

    from the last thread i think douglas and pieters are already done deals along with amalfitano and knockheart, other than than that i think we will sign a replacement for guthrie – sigurrdson and demba ba if he moves on, although im not worried about losing ba because i think we need a similar player to ben arfa on the left some one like hiolett.

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  3. Williamson won’t be dropped against stoke. We need his height against the set peice onslaught and long ball tactics. Had the game been against Wigan this week it would have been a real toss up because Perchino has been excellent recently.

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  4. Given Stoke’s “physical” approach, I’d opt for big Mike in our back line! So long as he remembers not to grab a handful of Crouch’s shirt. As we remember from the Brittania, Crouch is ready to go down “like a stick insect hit by a tranquiliser dart”.

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  5. what has happened with all the talk about Pardew being at the Ajax game? does anyone have any concrete knowledge about who he was watching?

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  6. Obertan should be back on the bench too I think? Also, Martin Tyler had in his column that Ipswich are the only team in the pl to have won more than half their games and not finished top 4. Ourselves and spurs both on 17. First to 20 wins?

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  7. Mag Dane – All I know is that Pardew has either been very busy or people are making stuff up. This weekend just gone he’s apparently been at Lille, Ajax, FC Twente and Rennes. Not bad.I’d like his Airmiles πŸ˜†

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  8. Mag dane @8 The talk is he was looking at Vertonghen ,but i’m inclined to think he’s headed to Arsenal . I wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t running the rule over Toby Alderweirld who plays alongside him to be honest as he’s younger at 23 and cheaper ,he’s also seen as a very good prospect apparently.

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  9. I agree with Aussie. Height is Stokes only game plan. We saw what happend against Norwich at their place when we had no height.

    Also – I posted this last night but it was quiet and thought people might be interested in the short read.

    Here is a good article with Alan Pardew. Good insight into his career. Didn’t realise he was a semi pro and a Glazier until he was 25! 😯

    http://www.themanager-magazine.com/issue11/#/33/zoomed

    Its a really good article about Pardew and where his managerial style has come from and some insight into how he opperates. Impressive stuff!

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  10. Congrats Sy mate! Saw the bonny lad on Facebook just haven’t had a chance to get on here. Bravo old bean, bravo.

    Personally I would have Shola on as sub before Best based on how well he has done in recent cameos

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  11. I would like to see Marv back, he seems to have a bit of class about him.. I just hope he can stay fit… I’m not sure if he is worth risking this year…

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  12. If he’s fit I’d definitely have Marveaux on the bench before Obatoon and Bestie as Shola has found his ideal role as a last 20 minutes sub. He’s done very well in that role this season (last few matches and Mackemes and Spiurs at home) while generally being piss poor when starting.

    Marveaux has shown he has the technical ability to pick a killer pass and cross accurately while Obatoon was more useful when we were striving not to lose, to keep it tight, break fast and sneak a win or draw away from home.

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  13. Just been watching some Vids of Marv on Youtube and he cant half take a free kick.

    Hopefully he can take a decent corner too as we’ve been really poor at converting corners this year. Averaging just under 5 a game we should really be looking to add another scoring dimension to our game.

    Saylor coming back helps next season! We all know much he loves to score for the Toon! πŸ˜€

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  14. He must up for sale Ice, the injury is just a smoke screen. He is on his way to Chelsea.. πŸ™‚

    Sorry, I thought I’d add my bit to the rumour mill πŸ™‚

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  15. KIMTOON hope he makes it,dont fancy elliot one bit not PL class from what ive seen even from his last club did nowt for me,i think it is the “one”mistake pardew has made imo πŸ™

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  16. I hope Krul sorts himself out injury wise.. He has been a major part of our sucess this year.. He would be hard to bet against as our player of the year…

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  17. Speaking to a Spurs fan at work earlier, he genuinely thinks that despite their decent run in the champs league is out the question for them.
    I only saw the FA Cup game in which they were poor but he says the team are poisoned and aren’t getting out of this rut with a simple motivational speech.
    He also claims to have doubted Redknapps managerial ability for years πŸ™„

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  18. Well happy Bestie is back, not sure he’ll get much chance as a cameo with Shola doing so well recently but I massively want him to go to the Euros. Would be nice for him to go and bang in more goals than Carroll!

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  19. Solano, spurs seem to have hit the wall around the time that the ‘Arry for England job’ hit the headlines.. is that poison your work chum was talking about. Because they have really fallen away badly..

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  20. Yeah it was Aussie. Hoping for a demoralising demolishing of Chelsea by Barca and Arsenal this week to leave the chase for 4th spot firmly in our hands.
    We’ve shown on our day we can beat anyone in this league, 3 attackers capable of insane game changing moments, 3 tireless midfielders, James Perch, we’re a force to be reckoned with! If we beat Stoke and Spurs drop points to QPR i’m not sure i’ll be able to sleep for the next month.

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  21. Good call Kim, I reckon Vorm would be a good shout too… but they would both want to be starters, not bench warmers..

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  22. Rossco – they were talking about that on the Sunday Supplement last weekend and some of the journos actually thought he should go! 6 PL goals in 12 months and he’s the best England have?!

    Then I thought about for a bit, and he probably is the best we have! Fuck me what a sorry state we’re in.

    Can anyone say hoofball?

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  23. @Rossco

    Really don’t know. We all know that on form he is devastating and easily the best in the air England have. But he’s been shite for so long now it’s hard to see if he’ll come good in the Euros.
    What we take 5 forwards?
    The only person I would say is even european class, let alone world, is Rooney, who we don’t have for the first two games.
    The only other English striker with more than 10 goals is Grant Holt….
    Ergh it’s all grim viewing, not looking forward to the euros at all, more excited at the possibility of watching people like Cabaye and Benny than our shambles of a team.

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  24. Haha Ice, bless Pards, “I have never had it myself, only one or two turn up when I get my hair cut”

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  25. I suppose when you look at the other options then he looks good!

    Is Welbeck fit? I like him, good athlete.

    Who would you take? Carroll, Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge and… Shola πŸ˜†

    Bent seems to have forgotten where the goal is since he went to Villa, Crouch is a pile of marmite, Defoe (who I like) doesn’t seem to play anymore. Might aswel take Heskey!

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  26. Interesting to see that we are top of the Injury table atm. Deserve even more credit – can hardly call that lucky…

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  27. Solano @31-He’s just like every Spurs fan around then. All of them are full of pessimism and all of them have been claiming Arry is shite and has been for yonks.

    I just hope their pessimism infects the team, as opposed to them writing themselves off and then getting back into the swing of things to prove the doubters wrong-Kind of like we’ve just done…. 😐

    We really need Krul to be fit as well…Elliot just looks poor. This is why we shoulda signed up Kieran westwood IMO. Sunderland do have three pretty good keepers now, although none are a patch on Krul :mrgreen:

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