Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given was a surprise late withdrawal yesterday with a groin injury. Shay faces up a few weeks on the sidelines with this new groin injury.
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce expects the Ireland international goalkeeper to be missing for up to three weeks.
If thatâ€™s true at least Shay will only miss a couple of games, and hopefully will be ready for Newcastleâ€™s 8 games in 33 days that start on December 1st.
Shay Given – out again with another groin problem
Given will miss next weekâ€™s Tyne-Wear derby with Sunderland, and must be considered a doubt for the clash at home to Liverpool after the international break.
Sam Allardyce talked about Shay yesterday to nufc.co.uk:
“It will be two or three weeks,” “It’s a little bit of a worry because it’s another groin injury.â€
“From Shay’s point of view it’s probably been down to an over-trained situation.â€Â “He’s probably damaged the muscle again, but it’s not as fearful as we first thought.”
This is not the first time Shay has been troubled with his groin since that terrible bowel injury sustained at West Ham last year. Sam and his staff however, seem determined to get to the bottom of it, as it has interrupted Shay’s playing time continually over the last year.
Both Nicky Butt and Alan Smith picked up yellow cards yesterday, the 6th of the season for Alan and now 5 for Nicky â€“ which means Butt will miss the Sunderland game next Saturday.
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