Newcastle United have been top of the PhysioRoom.Com Injury League Table for the last 3 weeks or so and there’s only been a couple of weeks this season when we haven’t been top. PhysioRoom.Com tracks injuries at major English clubs as one of its many activities.
This is what it was like the last two seasons at Newcastle and one can argue that it cost both Souness and Roeder their jobs, it certainly didn’t help. We had hopes that this would improve greatly under Big Sam but so far it hasn’t.
Sam Allardyce – concerned about Newcastle’s injury record which has not improved
If this poor injury record continues, maybe there’s something in the training or the pitches that causes us to have so many hamstring and groin injuries. We certainly haven’t got down to the real causes yet, as far as we can see. You can see the current list of injuries by clicking on STATS along the top of our site, and it’s one of the tables we update regularly.
We now have 8 players on the list Michael Owen, Claudio Cacapa, Joey Barton, Shola Ameobi, Celestine Babayaro, Stephen Carr, Damien Duff and Peter Ramage. Three of those players are due to come off the list early next week – Barton (who played 45 minutes for the Reserves last night), Carr and Babayaro. Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce admits that the injury list is getting out of control and Newcastle must find a way to better manage their injuries.
This is what Sam Allardyce told the Newcastle Journal today:
“We’ve got to make sure we manage them (injuries) better,” “Previous managers have had similar problems and that’s when results start to suffer. The object is to get them fit and keep them fit longer. At the moment that’s not happening and that was a big factor in Saturday’s result.â€
“We were short on experience of playing with each other.â€ â€œWe got caught out, certainly defensively, by the amount of changes and the number of players who had not got that much Premiership experience. I thought it wouldn’t be like that until we gave away that second, stupid goal.”
â€œIt gave Manchester City more of the upper hand than they’d had in any other part of the game. They could play on the break because they’d got back from 1-0 down. We had to over-commit so they could exploit more space.â€
“We’ve changed all aspects of how the players train but (the injury situation) can’t really be changed in the space of a few months, it goes into years.â€
“If they’re not quite as conditioned as they should be in the first place they need to catch up and sometimes because games are coming up you have to sacrifice that to get them ready. It’s a long process but we’ll continue that.”
“It’s been a problem but only because we’re only just staring what we want to carry on and on and on over the next few years.” “It was a problem at Bolton when I first started but we developed the best injury record in the league. That’s crucial to any manager or any club.”
The sooner Sam’s methods start to show a reduction in our injury burden, the better. We’d noticed our injury record has not improved, at least not so far this season. Some of the known injury prone players are on the list including Damien Duff, Celestine Babayaro, Stephen Carr and Michael Owen. Duff and Babayaro have yet to play this season but it’s getting close the the time both Babayaro and Carr are due to resume training, which is next Monday. We’ll see if Celestine’s date gets pushed back in the next 4 days as has happened consistently this season. It must be very frustrating for managers when some of their players are always on the injury table.
Why do we have these injuries? What can we do about them? How come we have a lot more than at other clubs? Comments on this are very welcome because until we get a handle on this we will always have one strike against us. We’ve posted a topic today on our Newcastle United Forum for long term discussion of this topic – Why Is Newcastle’s Injury Record So Terrible.
What do you think?