Emre Injured Playing for Turkey, Whats New?

Emre has been injured yet again, this time playing for Turkey when he probably shouldn’t have risked it.

The disappointing thing with Emre is that he was not available to play for Newcastle against Wigan in the last league game but told his national side he was available for Turkey’s two games during the international break.

Emre was injured playing for Turkey in their 3-0 win over Hungary and had to come off. We don’t know how long he will be out this time.


Emre – injured again for Turkey when he shouldn’t have risked it

Players should really understand who pays their wages and not always want to play for their country and risk injury when they are doubtful. Emre was obviously just recovering from injury because he hadn’t played in Newcastle’s previous game, yet he was still willing to risk it for Turkey – that’s just not good.

Emre is one of the Newcastle players who always seems to be injured and he’s probably done himself no good with Big Sam by again being unavailable for selection after saying he wanted to leave while away on the international break. A double whammy for Big Sam.

This is what Manager Sam Allardyce said today:

“Emre came off in the game on Wednesday and has phoned to say he has picked up an injury,” “That’s a big disappointment because we had only just got him fit before he went off to play for Turkey.”

“He played against Barnsley and could not complete that game and was then unfit for Wigan.” “It’s bitterly disappointing that he got injured for Turkey but there’s nothing we can do about it.”

“The good news is that everyone else has come through without any injuries but obviously there is some fatigue which will have to weigh-up over the next couple of days before picking the strongest side for Derby”

One other player we’ll just mention, since he hasn’t played at all this season is Celestine Babayaro, who has presumably been out injured since February with a groin strain. Celestine is not due to return until next Monday to training. The last time he seemed to play for Newcastle was on 22nd February in the home game against Zutle Waregem in the UEFA Cup, when he was replaced at half time by Paul Huntington, presumably because he was injured.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Jaypro

    Sep 13, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope to see the back of Emre in Jan.

  • Rich

    Sep 13, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #2

    who cares? not me.

    i call this a blessing in disguise, we already have 5 central midfielders who are far better than him in the EPL IMO.

  • ToonKing

    Sep 13, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #3

    This is not right. There should be some sort of regulation for this, at the moment managers can’t stop players from leaving to play for their national team. If a player gets injured it’s the club’s loss,they may loose matches because of that injury and as a result loose money. Emre’s is a fine example.

    PS: @Ed – Turkey won 3-0 not 4-0 mate! 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 13, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #4

    ToonKing – whoops – changed it.
    I bet Sam is furious with Emre – more so than he’s letting on.

  • gordon

    Sep 13, 2007 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Who cares he’s a useless fat muppet anyway who contributes nothing,and will be sold in january.

  • Rich

    Sep 13, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Gordon – i completely agree.

    we do not need him anymore, and when we did need him he wasnt their for us.

  • Hadji

    Sep 13, 2007 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Rich…Would you have the guts to say the same thing about Owen if he got injured against Russia.
    You sound that he went and injured himself purposely.I bet when he returns and scores the first goal you’ll forget about everything.

  • Hadji

    Sep 13, 2007 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Rich…Because of fans like you who jump into conclusion and make early judgements we lose our good players.
    If you judge Emre for getting injured for playing for his country i wonder what Man Utd fans think about Solskaer.

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 13, 2007 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #9

    You cant compare Solskjaer to Emre. Solskjaer has done so much for Man Utd unlike Emre for us.

  • Rich

    Sep 13, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Hadji – im not jumping on conclusions, i dont know if your a toon fan but this isnt the frist time Emre has got injured

    do you know how many goals & appreacnes Emre has made for us in 3 years??

    44 and 4 goals.

    i dont think ill ever see Emre score a goal for NUFC.

    the only good thing hes ever done for us is score the winning goal against the mackems.

    ive seen almost all the games we have played this century and Emre has been better than Amdy Faye, thats about as good as his tenure gets with us.

    i dont judge Emre for getting injured i judge him on his lack lustre performances over the past 3 years.

    and i wouldnt say the same thing about Owen, i didnt when i buggered his leg in the world cup, i didnt when he hurt his leg again at the start of this year, Owens record & performances speak for themselves.

    If you were a regular on here you would know i support all the players no matter what, but Emre along with Babayaro have been complete waste of spaces IMO.

    im not suprised your sticking up for Emre, i would like to say with your name you come off a tad biased in regards to Emre.

    Emre wont even play for us again anyway, Barton, Geremi, Butt, Smith, Faye, Zoggy are all ahead of him in the pecking order due to the fact he is not cut out for the EPL.

    ive said it time and time before on this blog, send Emre back to Italy or Germany where the game is not so physical where he gets time on the ball and you might see the Emre we used to see at Inter Milan, hes not cut out for the best league in the world.

    and Tom Toon is right, Solskaer won the Champions League for Man U, in 3 years all Emre has done is won 1 derby match against the mackems.

    good riddance, case closed.

  • Callum

    Sep 13, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Agreed with Rich, get Emre off the wage bill and lower it more and whilst we’re at it get Babayaro off the wage bill.


    Sep 13, 2007 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #12


  • Lloydie

    Sep 13, 2007 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #13

    hadji completly back u m8 unlike everyone else here, sure i agree he ahsnt been in exceptional form or done the world of good since comign here. But that may not be his fault but actually the managements fault, he is the most naturally gifted player we have and like Luque we have wasted this ald who has god gifted talent, like Viana he is a great passer but we critise and dont support gim when it goes wrong, i love this plyer and hope 2god he proves u all wrong. but agree Babayaro and carr need 2go NOW!!!!!!!!!

  • WelshWizard

    Sep 13, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #14


    with Rich on this one…..Emre, see ya…

  • dragoner

    Sep 14, 2007 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #15

    hadj your fighting a losing battle mate, Emre has blown it one time too many…unless he starts scoring & assisting i would be glad to see him leave in january aswell, he doesn’t care about us

  • Markus

    Sep 14, 2007 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #16

    This issue of Emre is bigger than just this particular player but he really gets my goat. Emre’s wages are being paid by Newcastle (thats mine and your money). He then ups and goes to play for his country (despite being warned not to by BSA et al) in some stupid friendly earlier this season and gets injured. He still gets paid even though he was specifically told by the club not to play. Emre then, despite not being available for Wigan, decides himself that he is fit enough to play for his country again when told not to by his employers. He gets injured again. He still gets paid even though he was specifically told by the club not to do it. THIS IS TOTALLY WRONG. Can anyone reasonably get away with defying their employers twice with a significant detriment to the overall performance of that company/team and still expect to be working for them? In Emre’s case surely playing for his country when he wasnt needed (as was the case in the friendly) was to showcase his talents as he wants to move on. Unfortunately for both him and us his he just showcased his frailties. I am so bloody angry.

  • geordie_jordan

    Sep 14, 2007 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #17

    bye bye emre. no one will miss you… “useless fat muppet” about sums it up for me. thanks for taking our money and contributing virtually nothing. go play for some crappy turkish team

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 14, 2007 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Footballers contracts must be flawed if they can play international football when not fully fit, then get injured and expect their club to pay their wages. Something’s wrong!

    It’s good for Newcastle that we have a team of international footballers, but something needs to be done to prevent them playing for their countries when its detremental to their club.

    Our sick-note brigade; i.e. Emre and Babayaro need to leave Newcastle in January so we can bring in adequate replacements who do not have permanent residence in the treatment room…..

  • rich

    Sep 14, 2007 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #19

    once weve got rid of Emre, Babs & Carr we should have got ridden of all the chaf that is soaking up valuable space on our wage structure and also space in our physio room.

    Im pretty sure by now Emre, Babs & Carr must have their own personalised physio tables with their names engraved on them at SJP!! i can just imagine it now:

    Mr. Physiotherapist: ‘ahh Mr. Emre, back again i see.. what is it this time? hamstring? groin? ligament? tendon? please take a seat on your custom built table’

    Mr. Emre: ‘Yup, hey their Bob, nice to see you again… you have a good weekend? hows the mrs?… you dont need to tell me what to do Bob you cheeky monkey, i know the drill by now!!’

    As lamesley says get rid of them and bring in someone who can contend for the position and not just make up the numbers.

    i think Emre will be off to some second-rate league in Turkey or Germany in Jan.

    Carr may be lucky and go to a lesser team in the prem like the Brummies etc..

    Babayaro will defintly be playing either in the championship or a lower league IMO.

  • dragoner

    Sep 14, 2007 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #20

    At least babayaro and carr are actually loyal to our club, Emre doesn’t have the decency to be that, its fair enough to put your country before club, especially if your a foreigner because its where they grew up, their roots etc, but a FRIENDLY MATCH!?! that is not on, i wouldn’t be surprised if he got booed next time he played…thats if he even makes a Premiership match appearance before he goes to play in a ‘softer’ league come january.

    Just a thought though…

    …has anyone entertained the thought that this might have a detrimental effect on Martins’ commitment to the club???? apparently those two are really good friends.

  • Hammy

    Sep 14, 2007 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Babayaro….groin strain….since…………….. FEBRUARY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That has to be a world record……….my mate had his leg sewn back on in January and he’s back playing………………….
    Doesn’t seem to hinder Babs when he’s out clubbing and sh$£%ing down the Quayside………..This guy is on mega bucks…no wonder he’s always grinning like a cheshire cat.
    Back to Emre, no doubt he can play when he wants……..he however seems to be a bit huffy and when things aren’t going his way he starts to limp……
    The toon no longer supports this kind of player so it’ll be bye bye in Jan.

  • Hadji

    Sep 14, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Well then we’ll see what happens,i just don’t want Newcastle to lose experienced players.The only thing that can make me change my mind about Emre is,if what the Turkish papers are writing is true.In that case i’ll be the first one here to say”Bye bye in January.
    Rich…..I’m definetly a Toon fan.100% but i like Barcelona and Roma aswell but if Newcastle ends up playing against them one day its definetly Newcastle for me.
    I like Barca and Roma but i LOVE Newcastle.One more reason to like Newcastle is the thing that i have a girlfriend from there.We.ve been together for 5 years,but she’s from South Shields and i don’t know how far is that from Newcastle.Probably not too far.
    And ever since 2002 i have all Newcastle kits in my possesion.
    And the reason i like Roma and Barca is cause of the Champions league and the satisfaction when Barca beat Arsenal in the final and kicked Clelsea out of the competition,but i also hated when Man Utd thrashed Roma last season.
    The bottom line is,I have those 2 teams so they can face the big 4 in the Champions league.

  • Hadji

    Sep 14, 2007 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #23

    Rich…My name has nothing to do with Emre.
    Hadji is my last name.

  • Hadji

    Sep 14, 2007 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Rich…Or maybe you don’t like him cause he’s Muslim.

  • Hadji

    Sep 14, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Lloydie…Try explain that to some of them here.

  • rich

    Sep 14, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #26

    “Rich…Or maybe you don’t like him cause he’s Muslim.”

    OH MY GOD. did i just read what i think i read?

    im going to stop conversing with you because that gets the award for most retarded comment ive read online. EVER.

    you would get a job working for the brittish press no probs.

    Also, i refered to your name as Hadji is a name of Turksih origin, i just meant im not suprised that you think the sun shines out of Emres rectal cavity.

    P.S. how do you know im not Muslim Hadji?

  • Bjorgvin

    Sep 14, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s obvious that Emre’s loyalty is his purse, firstly. Secondly to his national side, and then maybe Newcastle….
    I’m really sorry for the way his career has progressed for NEW. I was really please to see him come, and then like always waiting to see his true ability…. And I’m still waiting.

  • andrew

    Sep 14, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m a huge fan of emre, I reckon he’s got bags of potential. When Roeder was here he was the only one of our midfield who could make a meaningful pass.


    As much as I like him, you’ve got to look at the facts.

    1) We stood by him in the racism row, something he got off lightly with really.
    2) He’s been persistently injured.
    3) The injuries have kept him out of the team, so why did he whinge about not being a first choice player when he hasn’t had a solid run since he got here? I’m guessing an antsy agent wanting his cut of a transfer like,
    4) Being unavailable for Wigan then playing for your country is not on.

    So, yeah, it’s easy to say that people are getting angry far too quickly. But the guy’s commitment is in serious doubt. Even when Bayern Munich were sniffing about, he didn’t exactly turn his shoulder to them. If Parker, Dyer, Sibi, Bramble, Nobby had to go, then so does Emre.

    As for Babayaro, who the f*ck is going to buy that sack of sh!te?

  • andrew

    Sep 14, 2007 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Oh, and another point…

    We pay the lads wages! I think I might just tell my boss I don’t fancy trying anymore, but can she still pay us, of course, til I find an easier job.

    Babayaro’s a joke. An utter joke.

  • makaryus

    Sep 14, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #30

    I agree with Rich, Tomtoon and Gordon about Emre. Indeed, I was curious today about what NCU fans think about him and it’s my first time on your blog. I am a Gala fan, and I will never forget the way Emre left our club and what he said about the club afterwards. He was too unhappy at Galatasaray because of monetary issues. Now he has fixed checks coming to his bank account, but I ask him: Can you deliver what’s been expected of you? I don’t understand many of the Turkish players’ mentality. Poor boys out of the ghettos become millionaires in a few years and they can’t handle it. You know Hagi was so helpful to him when they played together. But it’s sad to see now that Emre didn’t learn a lot from him.

  • Fred

    Sep 15, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Hadji says
    ”Rich…Would you have the guts to say the same thing about Owen if he got injured against Russia.
    You sound that he went and injured himself purposely.I bet when he returns and scores the first goal you’ll forget about everything.”
    You guys who disagree with him can’t even touch his argument. You anti-Emre’s don’t even know that you need to refute Hadji’s argument to make your point.


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