A clean bill of health!

Cabaye and Co unscathed after international duty
Cabaye and Co unscathed after international duty
My big worry with international breaks is regarding the players we have to sacrifice for the sake of their country.

Of course it’s great advertising for us when players go away and play around the world, but at the moment we are still in a dangerous position and can’t afford to risk key players picking up injury for their respective countries.

So on that score we’ve not done too badly this international break as all players who departed for their respective international duty will return injury free. Of course it’s only fair that we see how they got on, how long they played, and what impact their international inclusion could have on the weekend fixture against Tottenham.

France: Obviously we can now expect the French national side to feature heavily during international breaks, and it was no different this time as Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa all received the call to face Germany in Paris.

Yohan Cabaye played the full 90 minutes whilst Moussa Sissoko, who was described as “awful” by one French journalist, was withdrawn with ten minutes to play. Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa both featured on the substitutes bench but neither was called into action.

Holland and Italy: These two can be combined as they played each other, and each team featured one of our squad. Tim Krul and Davide Santon both played the full 90 minutes for Holland and Italy respectively. It was Krul’s fifth international cap and Santon’s eighth, and his first senior cap since his arrival at Newcastle.

Argentina: Fabricio Coloccini started on the bench for Argentina who beat Sweden 3-2 in Stockholm. Colo came off the bench with three minutes remaining to make his 37th international appearance.

Senegal: Papiss Cisse started for Senegal in a 1-1 draw against Guinea in Paris.

Northern Ireland: Shane Ferguson notched up cap number seven for Northern Ireland by starting the 0-0 draw with Malta. He was withdrawn just after the hour mark.

Good news that all of our players will travel back to Tyneside injury free, and with Cheik Tote also returning home after Ivory Coast’s elimination from the African Cup of Nations it leaves in good shape for the time being at least.

Now, back to domestic matters…

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20 thoughts on “A clean bill of health!

  1. good news alround always a worry when players are away,spurs a bit short talk of bale being used in attack for them. 😯

    thanks for the up-date TOONSY πŸ˜‰


  2. Toonsy ,yep my arse was makeing buttons worrying about Sissoko and Cabaye not getting hurt and Krul and Cisse too for that matter .Can’t afford anymore injuries right now ,woud of been a real blow to our relegation battle.


  3. Sissoko was a disgrace last night!!! I expect a much better performance at the weekend πŸ˜› πŸ˜€
    I expect us to make NO changes against Spurs in that case. Don’t change a winning team – unless Benny is fit.
    I reckon Spurs will line up similar to:

    ———————- lloris ——————-
    Walker – Vertonghen – Dawson – BAE
    Lennon – -Parker – – Holtby – -Bale ——– Dembele — Dempsey ———

    Maybe not that formation, but I reckon those are the 11 our boys will face.


  4. Off topic but a nice bonus. Northern Rock owe me Β£2,500 and are going to pay it me back. Nice :mrgreen:

    Granted I won;t see a penny of it but it reduces the balance of my loan nicely πŸ™‚


  5. Ice – That’s the problem. Basically NR charged a load of interest when they shouldn’t have done and they didn’t include certain wording in their documentation. Nobody knew about it as over 100,000 people are affected and not one challenged it previously, but NR admitted it and now those affected are entitled to all the interest charged for 3.5 years back as a credit on their account. That’s 20% of my loan wiped out through their mistake. Nice πŸ˜€


  6. And on a sidenote, the PL chairmen have voted in favour of wage restrictions and FFP in the Premier League. Now it’s up to the PL to make up the rules and get the agreed πŸ™‚


  7. Can’t please the french journos eh? I bet Sissoko looks great when he’s just running. I know he’s been compared to Viera but to me he’s closer to Yaya, just a little faster. Hard to believe he’s at the Toon.


  8. I think we’d all like Pardew to become the Sir Alex of Tyneside (at least, in terms of success). But does success breed longevity or does longevity breed success? If Pardew can get us out of trouble this season, hopefully he’ll be able to grow as a manager and learn from his mistakes.


  9. From previous thread:

    “Ice @ 47 – Well with the squad the way it is we need to get rid of someone before we can get a striker and a defender in. We have 24 names registered so if nobody goes we can only have one more in there”

    Unfortunately Toonsy it isn’t quite that simple

    The 24 names currently registered are only relevant to THIS season.

    As I understand it the rules require that each season a club has to submit a list of players who are aged 21 or over on 1st January in the year in which the season commences. In other words, the 24 names we’ve recently submitted relate to the season that commenced in 2012 so for the remainder of this season we only needed to name those players who were aged 21 or over on 1st Jan LAST YEAR. We didn’t need to name any players who qualify as under-21 for THIS season, who are defined as:
    β€œAn Under-21 player is defined as being born on or after January 1, 1991β€œ

    HOWEVER, for NEXT season an under-21 player will be defined as being born on or after January 1, 1992, which means that any players we’ve got who were born between January 1 and December 31, 1991, will need to be ‘added’ to the list of over-age players, and we’ve got seven players in that age group:

    Davide Santon….(b. 2 Jan 1991)
    Nile Ranger……….(b. 11 Apr 1991)
    Shane Ferguson..(b. 12 Jul 1991)
    Paul Dummett……(b. 26 Sep 1991)
    Conor Newton……(b. 17 Oct 1991)
    James Tavernier..(b. 31 Oct 1991)
    Brad Inman………..(b. 10 Dec 1991)

    So as far as next season is concerned, we wouldn’t have 24 players who would need to be named in our squad. We would have 31, so if nobody goes, we’ll have six players too many!


  10. This must be up there with the highest number of international players we’ve had in the PL years. Have we ever had as talented a back 5?


  11. With the squad we have now I would be bitterly disappointed not to climb the table and do well next year. We should be able to win a trophy of some sort with that lot. Something wrong if we don’t do well next year that’s for sure.

    Toonsy ,nice one that NR windfall 😎 πŸ˜€ Toon win would top that off nicely I should think πŸ˜‰


  12. Chris – Ive just written an article about that for tomorrow but im going to expand on it a bit and include your info if that’s ok?


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