Roeder hopeful on duo
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder is hopeful of having Antoine Sibierski and Emre in his Newcastle arsenal.
Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder is hopeful of having Antoine Sibierski and Emre in his Magpies arsenal on Thursday.
Roeder was without the pair for last Saturday's disappointing goalless draw with lowly Charlton at St James' Park.
Newcastle take on Palermo in the Uefa Cup on Thursday and the ex-West Ham manager is crossing his fingers the pair are fit.
The Serie A high-flyers have already eliminated The Hammers from Europe this season and Roeder is keen for Sibierski and Emre to shake off toe and back injuries respectively.
"I'm hoping that both will be fit to take on the trip," said Roeder.
"We are short in the striking department so it would come as a welcome relief to have Sibierski back, as well as Emre."
Sibierski has undergone a fitness test ahead of the game and the former Manchester City man is confident of taking part in the clash.
"I am feeling very good," said the French midfielder. "I should be ready for the game in Palermo.
"I was very disappointed to pick up the injury because I felt so good."