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Vurnon Anita | Midfielder

Team: Newcastle United
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'6" / 143

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Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren revealed the injury sustained by Vurnon Anita during the draw against Southampton may not be as bad as originally feared.
Anita was surprisingly given the nod - ahead of Cheick Tiote - for the opener at St James’ Park and justified his inclusion with a battling performance on Sunday. However the Dutch midfielders’ afternoon was cut short following an awkward fall which left Anita requiring treatment before departing on a stretcher. Post-match McClaren was able to confirm that the 26 year-old was moving freely although Anita will be assessed fully next week. Having started just 17 PL games last season the former Ajax player will be keen to try and retain his place for next weekends’ trip to the Liberty Stadium. Aug 9 - 4:33 PM

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With Cheick Tiote away to play for Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations, Vurnon Anita looks poised to earn his third straight start for Newcastle United when they travel to Hull City next.

Anita has been partnering Jack Colback as central defensive midfielders for the Magpies lately, and while Colback has been one of the pleasant surprises of the fantasy season, Anita offers very little in production. His only redeeming quality in comparison to Tiote is that he is not nearly as prone to being carded, but he will also come nowhere near Tiote's numbers when it comes to winning tackles.
Jan 26 - 3:47 PM