Allardyce Already Concerned About Newcastle Injuries

Michael Owen felt his groin at half time and Sam Allardyce only allowed Michael to carry on for another 10 minutes into the second half last night before replacing him with Oba Martins.

Newcastle now have 8 players out through injury and are again top of the PhysioRoom.Com League Table of injuries.

This is not a good time to have all those players out with 3 games coming up in 6 days.


Sam Allardyce – already concerned about Newcastle’s injury situation

Allardyce said last night:

“He (Owen) felt his groin at half-time. I gave him the opportunity to go back on because he wanted to but I didn’t want to risk him for longer than five or 10 minutes and we took him off as a precaution.”

Asked if Michael would available at the weekend, Allardyce said:

“Yes. We need him to to be fit because we have too many injured as it is.” “We’ve got to get our whole squad together. We need the Mark Vidukas, the Joey Bartons, the Damien Duffs, the Jose Enriques, even the Celestine Babayaros.”

Love that bit about even the Celestine Babayaros. Wonder when Celestine will be fit again since the date for his return to full training keeps being put back. Right now it’s set at 23rd September and remember he’s been out since February with a groin strain. The injuries to the squad are as follows – along with their return dates:

	J Enrique 	Hamstring Injury 	23rd Sep 07
  	M Viduka 	Hamstring Injury 	23rd Sep 07
  	Emre 		Calf/Shin Injury 	23rd Sep 07
  	P Ramage 	ACL Knee Injury 	Apr 08
  	S Carr 		Hamstring Injury 	7th Oct 07
  	C Babayaro 	Groin Strain 		23rd Sep 07
  	J Barton 	Metatarsal Fracture 	7th Oct 07
	D Duff 		Sprained Ankle 		3rd Nov 07

Sam continued:

“But we have a six-day, three-game week coming up. We’ve been dealt a blow by the Premier League because of the Carling Cup match.”

“We’ve been told we have to play on Tuesday night after playing West Ham on Sunday so it’s my turn to moan now rather than the big boys”.

“We have a very difficult week ahead of us and I just hope we have enough men to cope.”

Newcastle right now have more injuries than any other premier league team with 8 on the injured list as shown above. So we’re in that unenviable position again although 4 players are due back in full training on the 23rd September, which happens to be next Sunday.

Asked about the 1-0 defeat to bottom team Derby County last night Sam said:

“We’re very disappointed by the result. To beat these sides you’ve got to score when your chances come.”

“Our two best chances fell to David Rozehnal and Shola Ameobi in the first 20 minutes with just the keeper to beat. Neither hit the target.”

One thing that’s certain is that Newcastle will need to make a fast recovery from the debacle of last night and win Sunday’s game against West Ham. The Newcastle fans, once they have recovered from this first real disappointment of the season, also need to do their part and help the team win at St. James Park. We’re sure they’ll give the boys all their support, even though last night was crushing.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • drew

    Sep 18, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    I suspected Derby would be no push over. We didn’t turn up.

  • Jerry

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Now injuries are being blamed I see!

    Sam Allardyce needs to bag the flack from this abysmal defeat. Martins should start ahead of Owen, at least the former will drop deep and collect the ball and create something for himself and the team if the ball wasnt coming to him. Modern day strikers do not just stand there and expect others to create chances for them on a platter.

    Ameobi was crap, fair enough but how did Alan Smith fare? He was even more useless and has been useless ever since he joined us and prior to that at Man U was also useless.

    You dont win football matches, or at least that many, with scrappers! You need some flair and creativity!!!

  • Jerry

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    And Big Sam should quit being jealous about Benitez and concentrate on his own team! At least Benitez has created and has winning team.

  • Len

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    This is a lot of BS. Barton, Viduka, and maybe Enrique are the only three who would / should have been anywhere near the first team. We have plenty of cover for all three. Team selection was worng. Preparation was poor. Tactics were wrong. Totally agree with Jerry, put your hand up Sam, this ones yours.

  • Jerry

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Its a disgrace !

    Liverpool hammer Derby 6 – 0 at Derby and then NUFC get beaten by Derby!

    A team that the bookmakers were taking bets on not win a SINGLE match in the Premiership!

  • subz

    Sep 18, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    oh so it’s B-ull S-hit Allardyce now is it. Injuries and a wonder goal best us did it? Hhmmm, I think not. We beat ourselves again. N’zog left back= WASTE, Smith winger=WASTE, Martins on bench= YOU NEED YOUR F&*^%KING LUMPS FELT SAM!!!!! Amoeba anywhere on the pitch= A TRAVESTY TO FOOTBALL. cos that is not the game he plays, give to some basketball team, cos i’m sure that is what he’s thinking when the ball comes to him( CATCH IT CATCH IT!! AH, IT”S BOUNCED OFF US AGAIN!!!!), I mean we moan about Oba’s 1st touch but he is something else. I think sending young Carroll out on loan will haunt us till the new year cos this FECKWIT will no doubt have to play again at some point. I’d play any of the youth team strikers ahead of him. If that team plays on sunday we will get spanked by WH cos they seem to be finding a bit of form, and the thought of that makes me sick.

  • ChrisL

    Sep 18, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Apparently (according to Sam’s statement), we don’t need the Emre’s / Carr’s / Ramage’s.

    Writing on the wall for these boys?

  • ChrisL

    Sep 18, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #8

    At what point did Sam blame last nights loss on injuries?
    I also missed how he was being jealous about Benitez?
    Losing 1-0 when Liverpool won 6-0, does not a disgrace make (as Yoda would say). I said on these forums yesterday that I would have been very happy with a Toon 1-0 win. It’s wrong to compare us to Liverpool, let me put is simply. We are not as good as them yet.

    It was a disappointing result, but people need to just treat it as a reality check. This is a season where we try to get from where we were last season, to the top half & hopefully push towards Europe. We are not going to win every match & it’s a long season. We’ve made a promising start, don’t let the bubble burst because of one result.

  • Lull , Malaysia

    Sep 18, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Agree on ChrisL , but I still think a poor team selection and tactics by Big Sam. Why in the hell you need to play long ball if the opposition form a Berlin Wall in their own half? And why do you need Shola Ameobi on the field?! A defender have more shot accuracy than he has! Let alone his poor touch! Please offload him Big Sam. You got to admit it, there is nothing positive from our side of the fence in that match. Poor touch,poor passing,poor finishing, poor poor poor…

  • t-g-w

    Sep 18, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Liverpool beating Derby 6-0 then us losing 1-0 is not a disgrace. It is called football. That sort of thing happens. I said weeks ago this game would not be easy cos Derby would be determined to put that defeat behind them. Remember Miller wasn’t playing in that Liverpool game… We got beaten by a wonder goal.

  • David

    Sep 18, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s amazing how newcastle manager always talk about how happy they are with players available, then when it comes to losing again (which is going to happen whether you are newcastle or ac milan) they start talking about injuries?? this “curse” is a conveinient one if you ask me!

  • Sinead

    Sep 18, 2007 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m all for changing the side like switching Smith to a better position for him. Martins on, Given on, I really want to see Given back, but eh, while we’re on the topic of the injury “curse” not sure I’m to crazy about Given playing against West Ham.

  • apan

    Sep 18, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #13

    and his saying AMEOBI for ENGLAND?

    im starting to question his judgement

  • Darren

    Sep 19, 2007 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah serious problems according to that bit of cut’n’paste – four players are back in four days time, six out of eight back in two weeks or so, yeah we are in dire straits.


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