Newcastle have thankfully dropped off the top of the PhysioRoom.com Injury League Table with Manchester United now on top with 9 injuries
Newcastle are lower down the table at 4th place with 7 injuries. Let’s take our regular look at the injuries we currently have, since we think this will be an important aspect of this season.
Duff and Babayaro remain on the list and still havenâ€™t played this season. Four players are due to return on Monday 22nd October, but donâ€™t hold your breath on Babayaro and Carr, because we’ve noticed, particularly for Babayaro, that as their return dates get near, the date gets moved back.
This is what we wrote in our 3rd October piece on Newcastle’s injury status:
Duff and Babayaro have yet to play this season but itâ€™s getting close to the time both Babayaro and Carr are due to resume training, which is next Monday (October 8th) . Weâ€™ll see if Celestineâ€™s date gets pushed back in the next 4 days as has happened consistently this season.
True enough, Babayaro’s October 8th return date was pushed back 2 weeks to the current 22nd October. In fact Babayaro has been out with a groin strain since March – does he really want to play football for Newcastle? His contract runs out next summer and it will not be renewed. Some players recover from broken legs in the time it has taken Celestine to recover from his groin strain. While we donâ€™t want to be too unfair on Celestine, whatâ€™s going on here?
Hereâ€™s Newcastle’s latest injury list with Viduka, Ameobi, Carr and Babayaro due to return in 10 days.
A Smith Knee Injury 13th Oct 07 M Viduka Calf Muscle Strain 22nd Oct 07 S Ameobi Groin Strain 22nd Oct 07 P Ramage ACL Knee Injury Apr 08 S Carr Hamstring Injury 22nd Oct 07 C Babayaro Groin Strain 22nd Oct 07 D Duff Sprained Ankle 3rd Nov 07
Steven Carr has been out since injuring his groin in the Middlesbrough game on 26th August, so itâ€™s been 7 weeks out for the Irishman, who has been injury prone ever since we singed him from Tottenham in the summer of 2004. We think Sam takes careful note of these injuries, because a player is only worth as much as he’s available to play for the team. If he doesn’t get selected that’s fine, but the number of games he is available has to be an important statistic in terms of his value to the club.
Yes, we know there are cases like Michal Owen and Joey Barton, who sustain longer term injuries, and that just cannot be helped. But it’s the players who keep getting niggly little injuries and aren’t available for games, who are less valuable to a club. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Sam tried to sell both Carr and Babayaro before their contracts run out next summer. We also don’t expect either player to have their current contracts renewed.
What do you think? Are we being too harsh on Carr and Babayaro? Let us know what you think – comments are always welcome.