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Reinforcements Have Arrived! ...Sort Of

Newcastle's list of walking wounded is slowly shrinking, but not with the players expected.

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If anyone has looked at's Premier League injury table this season, you would notice one constant near the top. That constant has been Newcastle United. They have led many weeks in terms of injuries, and we currently sit at the top. Two of those names are expected to come off this week, but they are not the ones expected.

Many people have wondered what has been going on with Rolando Aarons. He showed flashes of brilliant play and speed on the flanks earlier this season. He pulled up with a pulled hamstring, and he re-aggravated it just before the Tyne-Wear derby before Christmas. A lot of speculation has been swirling his ability to play, only to be rubbished by Aarons himself on Twitter.

Who are we getting instead of Aarons? Paul Dummett. Dummett, like Siem de Jong, was slated to miss the rest of the season. He injured his kneecap against Crystal Palace in February. He has recovered and will most likely join de Jong on the bench.

In addition to the freshly fit lads, Moussa Sissoko will also return from his 2 match ban after seeing a pair of yellow cards against Liverpool. I have no doubts he will be inserted directly into the starting XI this weekend.

Next weekend could see more injured Toon stars return, and it could be the return of our leading scorer Papiss Cisse. While serving his 7 match ban for spitting on Johnny Evans, he had a screw removed from his kneecap. According to John Carver this week, he has just stopped limping. Whether or not we see him again this season is entirely up to Cissé, Carver, and Newcastle's physio staff.

We theoretically could see the return of Rolando Aarons, but this speculation has become a regular occurrence, so I'm not going to bother getting my hopes up.