Newcastle’s Babayaro and Carr Still Injured

Newcastle have thankfully dropped off the top of the 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 haven’t played this season. Four players are due to return on Monday 22nd October, but don’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 it’s getting close to the time both Babayaro and Carr are due to resume training, which is next Monday (October 8th) . We’ll see if Celestine’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 don’t want to be too unfair on Celestine, what’s going on here?

Here’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 it’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.

21 comments so far

  • Tripp

    Oct 12, 2007 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Sell ’em! Some poor team in league 1 could use ’em.

  • Bill F

    Oct 12, 2007 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Right, if he can find some one who wants them, theres always Wigan I suppose.

  • magpie_boy

    Oct 12, 2007 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #3

    yeah sell them

  • david

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope they go to West Ham. I would like to see a full team of our ex-players there!

  • Bill F

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #5

    David that would be very funny especially if it puts them on top of the injury league table. 🙂

  • Bill F

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #6

    They’re 2nd. at the moment with 3 ex toons on their list.

  • Todd

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Trade them to La Havre for excellent prospects to be named later.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar!

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Sell them both I forgot we still had them.

  • leo

    Oct 12, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #9

    sell them, they are pooop

  • ToonKing

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #10

    damn, this is one tight community, were all thinking alike………..all i got to say on the matter is …………………SELL THEM!!!

  • SingKing

    Oct 13, 2007 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Sell them? Great concept but who too? Why are we spending money getting Babby fit?

  • Hammy

    Oct 13, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Thank God they are injured….just think they could be PLAYING!!!!

  • Alex

    Oct 13, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Who would want them?maybe another team would consider Carr but everybody knows Babayaro is only interested in the money and he will wait till his contract is finished before he signs for another team.We should look to off load Ameobi in january as well.

  • Graeme

    Oct 13, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Selling them is a great idea, I can only see one problem though.

    Who the hell is going to pay good money for them??? Send an email to West Ham and Wigan, quick lol

  • Robulon

    Oct 13, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Talking of getting shot of shola…,19528,11678_2797209,00.html

    So sweet hearing it from the horse’s mouth!

  • Hammy

    Oct 13, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Great spot Robulon……please no taxi for Shola comments…it’s been done to death..we need something more original.

    Berwick Rangers are looking for a new front man though..

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 13, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Why’s Alan Smith on this list? Did I miss something? Isn’t he selected for England?

  • Sinead

    Oct 13, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Carr is set to miss the Irish German match..Stan is calling this a blow..Carr like, he well infairness though he does try.

  • geno toon

    Oct 13, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #19

    sometimes I forget we have Damien Duff on the squad…. He better show that he deserves a place on the squad. Play like he did in his glory days…. I agree we need to offlead Babayaro, Carr, Ramage and Ameobi.

  • Tripp

    Oct 13, 2007 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #20

    @Graeme — That’s why I said league 1. Anywhere will do. Just get ’em off the payroll… like NOW. They’re just a waste of money. Anything we get for them will be icing on the cake. Not having to pay their wages should be the objective.

  • Hugh Gallagher

    Oct 14, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Do you think it’s any coincidence that neither of these players (Carr and Babayaro), suffering from groin injuries, have not been sent to see the wonder surgeon, in Germany, who fixed little Mickey Owen?


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