Sam talked today about needing to get his full squad available.
At the moment we are again top of the PhysioRoom.Com Injury table with a full 10 injuries. When you see the next teams on this list are Arsenal. Chelsea, Manchester United and Sunderland with just 6 injuries you wonder what is going on at Newcastle still.
Certainly our injury record has not improved much this season so far.
David Rozehnal – just added to the official injury list
Both Rozehnal and Owen are now said to be doubtful for Sunday’s game and if things don’t improve within a couple of months we need to find out why we are still having all these injuries.
This is what Sam said today:
“It was nice to get Habib (Beye) and Abdoulaye (Faye) on the field on Monday night,”
“Abdoulaye has played in the Premiership for two or three years with me at Bolton so he is OK to come straight in.â€
“Habib Beye has to find his way in English football and that could take a little bit more time. He got a little taste of what the Premier League is about on Monday night against Derby, albeit a very disappointing one, and he will be important to us in the next few weeks.â€
“It’s important we get our squad back together. We need Mark Viduka, Damien Duff, Jose Enrique and even Celestine Babayaro to be fit.â€
“We need a full squad available, especially with the week coming up where we have three games in six days and our resources are stretched.”
Viduka has always been injury prone and he’s always had problems with his hamstrings, so unless things improve with Mark the best we are going to get out of him is half a season at best. Mark is said to be hopeful of making the United line up when West Ham visit St James’ Park on Sunday. We are also a little worried about Owen because when he has had a niggle it has usually kept him out the next game â€“ so we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.
We said at the beginning of the season that keeping our injuries down would be important this season, which is why we are keep checking a check on how we are doing. Of course it’s still very early in the season and a big improvement is still possible.
Here’s the current injury table:
D Rozehnal Calf/Shin Injury 23rd Sep 07 slight doubt M Owen Groin Strain 23rd Sep 07 slight doubt J Enrique Hamstring Injury 23rd Sep 07 doubtful M Viduka Hamstring Injury 23rd Sep 07 doubtful Emre Calf/Shin Injury 23rd Sep 07 doubtful P Ramage ACL Knee Injury Apr 08 S Carr Hamstring Injury 7th Oct 07 C Babayaro Groin Strain 7th Oct 07 J Barton Metatarsal Fracture 7th Oct 07 D Duff Sprained Ankle 3rd Nov 07
The last column refers to the next game on Sunday and their likely availability. It’s also true that 5 of these injuries end on Sunday – so that’s good.
On the list of course are a number of players like Duff, Babayaro, Emre and Carr who have been injured a lot during their time at Newcastle. We still think Sam will let Babayaro and Carr go in January and maybe even Emre, depending on how Emre plays before then. But it’s true we do need Emre’s creativity in the middle of the park right now.
Any ideas why we still have all these injuries?
Comments very welcome welcome.