Sam Unwilling to Risk Players – Barton Injured

At the start of the pre-season friendly yesterday with Carlisle United Newcastle had a few players missing from last week.

As we all know Michael Owen has a minor thigh strain – which will keep him out until next weekend but Shola Ameobi and keeper Shay Given were also missing. James Milner was on the bench – but didn’t get a run out. Seems like all three were carrying very slight knocks.

There is also a nasty rumour going around that Joey Barton has injured his foot and may be out several weeks – we’ll also take a look at that one.

Sam Allardyce spoke briefly after the game – let’s take a look at what Sam had to say.


Sam Allardyce

After the game Big Sam said:

“Shay had a little bit of a heel problem, while Michael’s is his thigh and Shola had a bad back.”

“James Milner came with us but then felt his groin tighten in the warm-up.”

“I don’t want to risk any of them. We want them all to be as fit as quickly as possible and hopefully competing against Celtic on Thursday night.”

“We left a few behind because I didn’t want to risk them.”

“We put the youngsters on as well as it was a case of rotating the players we had and making sure we didn’t get any injuries or fatigue.”

We should also remember that Sam always said he would use these games as a training exercise to give his players match practice. While it’s always nice to win – winning these games was not necessarily the number one aim. However, the goal we conceded yesterday was messy so that’s not good – but no doubt Sam will use it to review with the defense what went wrong.

The Newcastle fan’s site NUFC.COM are reporting that Joey Barton, who was captain yesterday – and who was replaced on the hour mark, may have broken a bone in his foot. We caution there is no official confirmation of this – but NUFC.COM were right in first reporting Duscher had left Newcastle after his trial – and are a responsible site.

We’ll just have to hope that in this case they’re wrong. If it is true that would not be good news for Newcastle – and of course we have no idea how long Joey would be out of action.

UPDATE – Well unfortunately it’s true – Joey has fractured a metatarsal in his foot. He underwent a scan following the friendly match and faces six or seven weeks on the sidelines. NOT good news for the club and Joey.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • david

    Jul 22, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    I wasn’t aware that Dabo had had a trial at NUFC!

  • Dave

    Jul 22, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s worrying. The last thing we all want is another injury hit season and all the talk of Sam’s revolutionary backroom care and tactics had me beleiving that all would be well…better anyway.

    I suppose Owen and Shola have been out for a good long while and so a slight strain here and there could be expected. I’m not worried about Given and Milner yet either, they were there but Sam chose not to risk them…fine. The real worry has to be Barton’s foot of course. We would manage, as always, but I for was was dreaming of getting off to a flyer and saw him as being a big part of that.

    As far as the friendlies go the result was fine, especially with youngsters having a run out. The Celtic and Juventus games have to be a real litmus test; never mind how Sam talks about the result not mattreing they are big games.

  • Dave G

    Jul 22, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Honestly mate, you need to do your homework before writing this column. DABO has NEVER been to Newcastle, it would be like putting Tyson and Lewis back in the ring having DABO and BARTON on the same pitch…….
    Surely you mean Duscher????
    Us guys read these columns to be kept informed, not misinformed……………

  • Howie

    Jul 22, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    It is reported on talksport that he will be out for 7 weeks with a broken matatarsal.

  • Howie

    Jul 22, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    We can always look on the brightside. If he is out for 7 weeks it means he will only be out for about 4 weeks of competitive football and that is only the 4 games against Bolton, Villa, Boro and Wigan so it’s not a bad time for it to happen.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 22, 2007 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    WHOOPS – i meant Duscher – very sorry about that – my mistake – so many players on my mind right now. Not sure where I got Dabo from – have corrected it above.

  • Howie

    Jul 22, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed have you heard anything on Brede Hagalend this morning. Thought I saw somewhere saying we are back in for him.

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 22, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    bbc are saying Barton is out for 6 to 7 weeks with a broken foot. just came up on the newsfeed, B?=*?CKS……

  • George

    Jul 22, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    It appears that the injury jinx is with us once more.
    Owen, Given, Ameobi, Dyer and Milner. With the exception of Milner, the others have a string of sicknotes behind them from last season. Are we in for more of the same.
    Now Barton, about 6 weeks before he will kick a ball for us.
    I dread listening to Sky Sports News in case we are told another one is down and out for X number of games.
    I was looking forward to the season beginning, but now, to many shades of yesteryear again.
    How much longer is this injury jinx going to go on. My time left watching the Black & Whites is limited, so who ever is responsible for this jinx, “WE ARE SORRY FOR WHATEVER WE HAVE DONE TO BE BLIGHTED LIKE THIS. FORGIVE US AND LET US SEE THE LIGHT AGAIN”. Well i have said my prayers how about the rest of you. Why can we not have Divine intervention. Hugh Grant did!

  • Howie

    Jul 22, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Stop worrying, if Barton is out for 6-7 weeks he will only miss 4 competitive matches. Better for it to happen now than mid season. At least we have some friendlies now to try other midfield combinations. Owen is only 10 days out and will be able to play soon again. Ameobi, Given and Milner were just precautions yesterday probably due to the fact you would think it would be safer for them to play against Juve at home then Carlisle away in soaking weather.

  • Howie

    Jul 22, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorrt that was meant to be Celtic, not Juventus.


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