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Missed Newcastle United news during the international break? We'll get you caught up.

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A new feature were going to try at Coming Home Newcastle is a news roundup following the international break, since we know that many fans like to take a break themselves, only to come back and have to catch up on the latest goings-on. If you're one of those people, here's what you missed while Newcastle were away:

Since it's the international break, it's only natural that international matches happened. You may have watched some of them. I didn't, because Euro Qualifiers? Ew. Anyway, the Official Site has a recap up. The highlights are Adam Armstrong scoring for the England U-18s against Poland, while Freddy Woodman made a key save in the same match. Also, Senegal qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations final, so assuming that it's actually played, Papiss Cissé will essentially be out for January.

Lowlights from the break include injuries to Fabricio Coloccini (torn calf, out four weeks), Steven Taylor (knee, also out four weeks), and Mehdi Abeid (broken toe, out up to three weeks according to some reports). The injuries have forced a loan recall for Remie Streete, who was with League One Port Vale (Official Site) and a rethink of a planned loan for Gael Bigirimana (The Chronicle).

Meanwhile, Jonas Gutiérrez gave an interview to Andres Cantor about how Newcastle handled his cancer news, and it looks baaaad for the club:

As far as transfer rumblings go, there wasn't much groundbreaking, except that people are panicking over Rolando Aarons' contract status. The club are reportedly negotiating with the currently-injured winger on a long-term deal (The Chronicle).

On the Blog

We made the case that Alan Pardew's job should still be in jeopardy, despite Newcastle's recent run of success.

We examined Newcastle's record against bottom-five teams in light of their upcoming fixture with 19th place Queens Park Rangers.

We had fun with a mailbag.

Robert appeared on this week's I Wish I Was A Geordie Podcast.