Aleksandar Mitrovic to start against Chelsea – but he must ‘curb his enthusiasm’

Aleksander Mitrovic
Aleksander Mitrovic

Newcastle United’s Aleksandar Mitrovic is set to start against Chelsea – but the striker has been told to “curb his enthusiasm”.

Mitrovic has served a three-game ban for his dismissal against Arsenal last month.

We are short in that area, but Mitrovic coming back ... he can be our focal point.

Steve McClaren

With Papiss Demba Cisse sidelined with a back injury, head coach Steve McClaren has suggested the summer signing will be in his starting XI at St James’s Park tomorrow evening.

“It will be good to have Mitrovic back – we have missed him for three games,” said McClaren, whose second-from-bottom side are yet to win a Premier League this season.

“We didn’t have a striker at all on Wednesday. We are short in that area, but Mitrovic coming back ... he can be our focal point.

“We need that with the style that we are playing. We saw that at Old Trafford. We need to see it a little bit more.

“It’s a great opportunity, (we need to) just curb his enthusiasm. He is very keen to play. We welcome him back.”

Mitrovic was sent off for a reckless challenge on Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin.

The 21-year-old was also booked seconds into his United debut against Southampton.

Meanwhile, Cisse is pencilled in to return to training on Monday along with midfielder Cheick Tiote (knee).

Defender Massadio Haidara (knee) and midfielder Jack Colback (calf) will be given late fitness tests ahead of the Chelsea game.

But defender Daryl Janmaat, forced off against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek through sickness, is fit to play.