New Newcastle United midfielder Siem De Jong has been told that he could be facing months on the sidelines after picking up a thigh injury in training on Friday.
Unless the assessment on the injury this week goes better than expected, then it could be a matter of the Dutchman being out until after the Christmas period and further. With Hatem Ben Afra leaving for Hull City on deadline day, Newcastle have now been left short in the attacking midfield department and they were hoping that De Jong’s return from an injury he sustained in pre-season, would be available to fill the gaping hole in that area of the team.
Now with the transfer window shut, De Jong’s newest injury has left Newcastle manager Alan Pardew with a huge selection dilemma for Saturday’s fixture away at Southampton. De Jong was bought at a relatively cheap price at £6 million, on a 6 year deal and the midfielder himself even claimed that the magpies were aiming for a Champions League place this season.
Regardless of De Jong’s availability, Champions League qualification will be quite the ask for Newcastle this season, but Europa League qualification may not be too far away for this new group of Newcastle players. De Jong’s goal threat from midfield may be the biggest miss, considering that their forward line isn’t made up of natural goalscorers as it is, it’s hard to predict where the goals are going to come from this season.
Siem’s brother Luuk had a fairly unimpressive spell at St.James Park last season, but that did not put Siem off a move to the Premier League outfit this summer, and back in his homeland, fans have expected to see him make more appearance for Holland, as he currently has only 6 caps for the Oranje and expect him to make a huge impression in the Premier League, when fit.
Newcastle fans will be praying for a positive assessment of De Jong’s injury this coming week as they look to take advantage on a somewhat favourable fixture list other the next month, but it is more than likely that they will have to push on throughout the first half of the season without him.
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