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Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong has said his rehabilitation from injury will take at least another eight weeks.
De Jong was a £6million arrival from Ajax in the summer but he suffered a major setback almost immediately when he suffered a serious thigh injury just three games into his Magpies career.
The 25-year-old Holland international posted an upbeat message on his Facebook page but admitted he was still a long way from returning.
– Newcastel striker Siem de Jong
On my way back to Newcastle. Just saw the surgeon in London and all looks good.
I can slowly start building up strength again and start walking without crutches. Still a couple of months to go but I'm going to work hard and I'm sure I will get back stronger!
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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has labelled BBC pundit John Hartson "a disgrace" for comment he made about Victor Moses after the forward won a contentious penalty for the Potters against Swansea.
Hartson said: "That for me is a terrible dive and a total lack of professionalism from Moses. I think Garry Monk has a right to be angry. He (Moses) has cheated.
"It's one thing the FA coming out and charging Garry Monk - what about charging Victor Moses for diving?
"I would (charge Moses) because you can't dive. That is a blatant dive."
Coates responded on Monday by describing Hartson as a "disgrace."
– Stoek chairman Peter Coates
I've never heard a more one-sided view from a pundit and we are right to complain about it.
Hartson was a disgrace. He's a big fan of Swansea and their manager... and it showed.
Whether Garry Monk likes it or not, it was given. It probably was soft, but we've had our fair share of things go against us in the past.
What is all the fuss about if a player takes a dive anywhere on the pitch and wins a penalty or free kick then that is cheating!! Correct?
I have nothing against Stoke, certainly Nothing against Mark Hughes or Victor Moses I am simply making a comment on an incompetent decision.
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