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Newcastle United

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Newcastle have been dealt a further defensive blow after it was confirmed Massadio Haidara will miss the remainder of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery in Lyon.

It was hoped that Haidara would be back in May following injections to help manage an ongoing knee complaint however the injury has not responded to treatment leaving the player with no alternative other than to go under the knife. Haidara joins defenders Paul Dummett and Steven Taylor – out for the season – while Fabricio Coloccini is currently serving a three match ban. Ahead of next weekends’ Wear / Tyne derby Newcastle will be hoping for at least one returner as Mehdi Abeid steps up his recovery from a thigh strain with Rolando Aarons [hamstring] also due to join the group on Monday.
Mar 27 - 12:38 PM

Jack Colback's suspension and subsequent two quiet games has seen his fantasy price steadily decline in recent weeks to a very appealing figure.

After a disappointing two point return against Arsenal, Colback has seen his price drop to 7.76m in the Yahoo game, representing solid value at the midfield position. Unlike other players who have been similarly underpriced; Dusan Tadic, Nacer Chadli and Seb Larsson, it doesn't require traditional attacking points for Colback to put up nice scores. Whether the past two games are an anomaly or a sign of a dip in form will require another week or two to determine, but if he returns to the level of production he was offering most of the season, then investors will be rewarded without spending very much.

Moussa Sissoko and Newcastle fell just short of a glorious comeback from two goals down as they fell at home to Arsenal 2-1.

St. James' Park is the site of one of Newcastle's most famous comebacks ever. Arsenal supporters certainly had that 4-4 draw that saw Newcastle erase a 4-0 Arsenal lead in mind as Newcastle staged a massive second half comeback. The Magpies started the match looking like the group that got abused by Everton last weekend but John Carver's halftime speech must have been a good one as they came out a different team. They scored from a Sissoko shot from the top of the box and had multiple chances to draw level with Ayoze Perez looking particularly likely. The comeback fell just short as the match ended 2-1.
Mar 21 - 1:04 PM

Massadio Haidara has already been ruled out by John Carver for Newcastle United's match against Arsenal this weekend as the manager is desperate to field a full squad.

It is going to be a patchwork side and perhaps a long day at the office for Newcastle United. With only one fit natural center back with any experience, the thought was that youngster Lubimor Satka would get his first start, but Carver has hinted that the "young boys aren't ready yet". Instead, we may see Daryl Janmaat moved to center and inspirational figure Jonas Gutierrez occupy a fullback position opposite Ryan Taylor or Jack Colback shift there to allow Vurnon Anita space with Moussa Sissoko in central midfield. There are limited options available to Carver, but it is still difficult to predict which direction he goes.
Mar 19 - 1:13 PM

Jonas Gutierrez took to Instagram to showcase his fitness and is declaring himself ready to start for Newcastle United, as well he should.

With the chaos currently afoot among the Magpies and their stumbling form, it makes all the sense in the world to grant the veteran his wish as he has already made two substitution appearances. It may just be the shot in the arm the club needs to grab some points down the stretch when they really have no other motivation to do so as was evident throughout most of their loss to Swansea this past weekend. If Gutierrez cant inspire his teammates, no one or nothing can. He is available for the rock-bottom price of 1.69m in Yahoo and makes for a fine roll of the dice as a cheap fifth midfielder who will provide depth on your bench and perhaps more down the stretch.
Mar 18 - 10:07 PM

Newcastle United are in an even bigger crisis on the injury front than usual as they are possibly needing to turn to an unproven Lubomir Satka to play center back this weekend against Arsenal.

Without Fabricio Coloccini, Massadio Haidara, Paul Dummett or Steven Taylor available, it looks like Daryl Janmaat and Ryan Taylor out wide with Mike Williamson in the middle with Satka. With the way they looked against Everton and with the Gunners next up, one would expect the Magpies to concede with regularity. Because Janmaat and Ryan Taylor are so good at collecting attacking points though, they still carry some value.

Newcastle United could never get anything going at Goodison Park, as poor defending, a lack of Papiss Cisse and a red card given to Fabricio Coloccini all played a role in a forgettable 3-0 loss to Everton.

The Magpies may be suffering from "not enough to play for disease" as they will likely sputter their way to a mid table finish and avoid relegation. Everton took advantage and dominated the game in every way. The major damage though is likely the Coloccini red. He gave a rash tackle on Aaron Lennon and was sent off with a quickness. Now the club captain stands to miss the next three. It is truly the last area John Carver can afford to lose a player as there next center back option would likely be the extremely green Lubomir Satka. With Arsenal next up, all bets are off with Newcastle investment right now.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 15 - 2:07 PM

In the words of current manager John Carver the Newcastle training ground resembles a "hospital ward" given the number of players currently sidelined while the news of another setback – this time to midfielder Mehdi Abeid – will only serve to compound matters further.

Abeid has already missed a large chunk of the season because of a broken toe and in the absence of Cheick Tiote [knee] the Algerian international was beginning to stake a claim in the side after starting the two previous games. However the youngster who was partially to blame for gifting a goal to Manchester United last time out will now be missing for around three weeks after suffering a thigh strain in training ruling 9 players out of the trip to Goodison. The returning Jack Colback is expected to slot back into the eleven while Remy Cabella is also pushing for a start in a 4-5-1 playing behind the lone striker.
Mar 14 - 7:19 AM

Massadio Haidara has been ruled out of contention for Newcastle United when they travel to face Everton on Sunday.

This will mark the second league match missed by Haidara and there has been no clear timetable for his return. The left back spot can go one of two ways - with Jack Colback fit, he could potentially shift from his normal defensive midfield position and fill in, as he has top flight experience there during his days at Sunderland, or Ryan Taylor could occupy the role once again. For fantasy managers, the latter option would be ideal.
Mar 13 - 3:00 PM

Remy Cabella has been deemed fit enough to make the squad for Newcastle United when they travel to face Everton on Sunday.

With Papiss Cisse banned for the match, Cabella's return could not be better timed and one should expect to see him named to John Carver's XI. Rob Elliot is also fit again, but with Tim Krul locked in as the #1 for the Magpies, the former's return has no fantasy impact. Expect Ayoze Perez to lead the line with Cabella and Moussa Sissoko creating chances from midfield and Daryl Janmaat whipping in crosses with regularity from right back.

Gabriel Obertan has started the last two games for Newcastle United but his run of starts may be coming to a quick close.

From Weeks 11-26, Obertan made it onto the pitch for a grand total of 27 minutes, but with the recent injury to Remy Cabella, Obertan was given a start in the last two matches. Recent word indicates that Cabella may be ready to return to the squad this weekend, but whether it is in a starting capacity is still uncertain. Should he play a bench role, expect Obertan to earn one more start against a struggling Everton at a cheap fantasy price.
Mar 10 - 2:46 PM

Mehdi Abeid appears to be in line to start for Newcastle United through the end of the season, provided he can stay fit and avoid any suspension.

Things got a bit hairy for the Magpies in central midfield when Cheik Tiote was lost for the season due to injury and Jack Colback had to serve a suspension. Colback has completed his punishment and will slot straight back in to his role, which will likely see Abeid opposite him. Abeid led all Newcastle players in fantasy points with their loss to Manchester United by collecting 12, eight of which came from intercepting eight passes. The performance virtually doubled his price, but he still runs for under 6m.
Mar 9 - 2:35 PM

Papiss Cisse is facing a six match ban for spitting at Jonny Evans in response to Evans spitting at the Newcastle forward first.

It sounds like something that school children are reprimanded for rather than something that adults, even adults who play football for a living, do to each other. None the less, there is video evidence to convict both Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse of spitting at each other as a collision escalated at St James Park on Wednesday. The referee didn't see the incident so the FA is free to review it and mete out retrospective justice. The six match bans will be enforced assuming that neither player provides compelling evidence that it shouldn't by Friday, March 6.
Mar 5 - 3:18 PM

Papiss Cisse was at the center of a spitting incident that could see both he and Jonny Evans retrospectively banned as Newcastle United lost to Manchester United on an Ashley Young goal at the death.

The Magpies and their supporters have a right to feel hard done by after they lost a close match to Manchester United right at the end. You'd think that Fergie Time was back again with Ashley Young scoring late and United getting the benefit of the referee looking the other way on a few key incidents. The first was a foul by Chris Smalling on Emmanuel Riviere in the box early in the first half that failed to net John Carver's side a penalty. The second came when Jonny Evans spit at Papiss Cisse after the two collided. Cisse responded by spitting back. The official either didn't see or didn't choose to call either incident.
Mar 4 - 4:45 PM

Massadio Haidara suffered a setback in training and is highly unlikely to feature for Newcastle United tomorrow evening when they host Manchester United.

Davide Santon would certainly come in handy right about now. The last thing the Magpies could afford was another casualty in defense but it is looking gloomy in that respect. This would almost have to give Ryan Taylor an opportunity to start unless they call up a youth player. Taylor played the final half hour over the weekend and grabbed double digit fantasy points in the process, with no goals or assists in that total - he is a fantasy darling in any fixture. He makes for a great differential in your XI this week.
Mar 3 - 10:07 AM

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