John Carver: Newcastle 'need' Siem de Jong to return to fitness now

Newcastle manager John Carver is hopeful that Siem de Jong will play against Leicester City.

Newcastle United interim manager John Carver has told the club's official website that he will speak to Siem de Jong about his fitness ahead of the weekend visit to Leicester City.

The Magpies slumped to another loss last weekend, with Swansea City winning 3-2 at St. James' Park, stretching Newcastle's run of consecutive defeats to seven.

Carver is struggling under the pressure of expectation from Newcastle fans, who are unhappy with matters on and off the field as Mike Ashley's ownership once again comes into question.

Newcastle now lie just five points clear of the relegation zone, and with no win in sight, fans are growing increasingly concerned about the club's Premier League status.

This weekend, they face a trip to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City, with Nigel Pearson's men enjoying a fine run of form.

Newcastle can't really afford to lose this game, and will be hoping for some heroics from Dutch forward Siem de Jong after his impact against Swansea City.

The former Ajax star joined Newcastle last summer and arrived with high expectations, but has seen his season marred by injuries.

Now heading back to fitness after playing 90 minutes against Derby Under-21's on Tuesday, de Jong will be hoping to play a part against Leicester having scored as a substitute against Swansea.

Manager Carver went to watch de Jong in action against Derby, and has told the club's official website that he will discuss the player's fitness ahead of that game against Leicester, with Newcastle 'needing' his prowess in front of goal during this difficult run.

"From a psychological point of view, it was very important that (De Jong) got 90 minutes. He got through the 90 minutes without any problems and he's now got three or four days to recover. Hopefully he will be involved at Leicester at the weekend," said Carver.

"As we saw on Saturday, he's a goalscorer and we need goalscorers at the moment. So it's great that he got through 90 minutes and he'll be raring to go. But what I won't do is throw him in at the deep end. I'll have a conversation with him, see how he feels in the next 48 hours and then see where we go for the weekend," he added.

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