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.â€ “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.â€
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
“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.â€
“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 boysâ€.
“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.â€
“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.