NEWCASTLE have suffered another injury blow ahead of tomorrow’s vital home game against West Bromwich Albion, with Siem de Jong ruled out.
Head coach John Carver has revealed that the Dutch forward was “not strong enough” to be considered for the rigours of the Premier League after recovering from operations on his lung and thigh – despite featuring as a sub, and scoring, against Swansea a fortnight ago.
Young striker Adam Armstrong is doubtful for the match, for which defenders Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson are suspended.
Carver said: “Siem has unfortunately got an issue with his thigh, and he has not done a great deal of training this week.”
De Jong wrote on Twitter: “I’m not injured again, I’m just not strong enough yet. I hope to train again next week and help the team as much as I can the last games.
“I’ve tried to come back as soon as possible after 2 heavy operations. I wish I could have done more!”
But 11-goal top scorer Papiss Cisse – who has served a seven-game ban – could be involved, having returned to returning to training following knee surgery, along with fit-again winger Rolando Aarons, who made his long-awaited comeback in Tuesday’s Under-21 game against Blackburn.
Yoan Gouffran – who missed last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Leicester – is also back in the squad to take on Tony Pulis’s men.
“Rolando Aarons got through 45 minutes the other night,” said Carver. “The first 15-20 minutes he was fantastic – exciting – then he had a little dip and then came again.
“He is in a good position, whether he will be involved this weekend, I’ll have to see.
“Even Adam Armstrong has come in with a tight calf, so we have got one or two things where we will have to wait until the last minute.”