Given Out For 3 Weeks

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 that’s true at least Shay will only miss a couple of games, and hopefully will be ready for Newcastle’s 8 games in 33 days that start on December 1st.


Shay Given – out again with another groin problem

Given will miss next week’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

“It will be two or three weeks,” “It’s a little bit of a worry because it’s another groin injury.”

“From Shay’s point of view it’s probably been down to an over-trained situation.”  “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 – which means Butt will miss the Sunderland game next Saturday.

Comments very welcome.

17 comments so far

  • adam

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1


  • Hammy

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Let’s see HARP’S KEEP 3 CLEAN SHEETS………and promptly get dropped….

  • Sinead

    Nov 4, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Now don’t get me started on this….ya eeeedddddiiooottss.

  • Sinead

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Or concede 4 goals in one game due to ball watching. Great start, the first one wasn’t his fault, maybe not the second one either but the idea is to try and stop the ball.

  • indian toon

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    icing on the cake for our miseries..

  • iain

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    been on the cards all season this injury, you just have to have watched givens kicking to see hes been very hesitent, and he hasnt been running off his line as quick as he can.

    so much more sams scientiifc approach in preventing injuries since ive been saying all season givens groin would go sooner or later.

  • Sinead

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh great someones taken my name, cause I didn’t post the first one. The eeeddiiootss one.

  • Sinead

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Maybe it’s Hammy who’s taken my name.

  • Sinead

    Nov 4, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #9

    ED..someones pretending to be me. Great.

  • ryan magomu

    Nov 4, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #10

    hey something must be really wrong with big sam.first we win then we loose.i think he is trying to borrow a leaf from the rotation system which has been failing benitez so far this season but unless he settles with a winning team then we shall find ourselves in a position we never wanted to be in.if this team wins go on with that team why change it.i know everyone wants his chance but would u rather rotate your squad and loose or stick with one that gets you so gutted at him

  • ToonKing

    Nov 4, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #11

    ryan, Benitez is an idiot for he’s rotatiob system, but he’s beem at Looserpool for what 3 years now. Sam is still trying to get to know the players and find the best 11, he’s been in charge for 11 games for christ’s sake.

  • Leo

    Nov 4, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    how funny is it that some clever person has changed their name to sinead just to get on her back.

    i do agree that given has been a bit hesitent since the big injury, cant blame him, it could have killed him, but big sam should have picked up on that and played harper when he was playing well in previous games.

    you cant possibly blame harper for any of the goals, he was left helpless by accidents made by his defenders. even the free kick he would have saved it but for the late deflection from steven taylor

  • indian toon

    Nov 4, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #13

    looserpool..!!!! id be happy if we hav one of their trophies in our cabinet… sheez get real man..

  • Eve

    Nov 4, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t know about that now Leo, for the first 2 ya Harper couldn’t have done much about it, well the first one deffinatley, that was a rocket. There wasn’t much he could have done. For the others well, ya the defense were shocking but he could have atleast tried to stop them like, just watching it is unacceptanle for a keeper. I didn’t even realise Taylor had touched the ball for the free kick, didn’t look like much of a touch to me and little deflection.

    Infairness though, for some reason Given seems to get a lot of flack around here from some people. If it had been Given in goal, and he’d done the exact same as Harper you’d have a load of people on here being lead by Johann no doubt calling for his head, saying he’s crap and that Harper should always be in goal. Funny how we haven’t seen Johann at all much, just the one time when he starting insulting me.

    I don’t agree on your other comment though if the better keeper is fit play him, don’t just freeze him out (like he’d did at the start of the season) because they’re afraid of injuring him. Which I don’t think is the case anymore, players get injured. I think that it’s not like the other times he’s injured his groin, overtrained he said, misses one game maybe 2.
    Maybe in his goal kicks he’s looked hesitant but other then that no, I don’t think so. IMO especially if you take a look at the Irish games (maybe more so cause he’d more to do) and Newcastle ones, he spent alot of the time getting in to it, ending up at the feet of a lot of players. Not hesitant, himself. For some reason, and this is just IMO he looks more comfortable playing for Ireland then he does for Newcastle. Maybe that has something to do with the lads in front of him. Who knows.

    Hopefully though we’ll have him back in goal sooner rather then later.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 4, 2007 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #15

    indian toon , yes i would love to have their trophies, but i don’t need to like them…as i don’t need to like Man Who, Chelski, Sperms, Gooners either. Come to think of it i only like and love one club………………. 🙂

  • Hammy

    Nov 4, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Given imo hasn’t been the same keeper since he had his intestines turned inside out…….. can’t blame him really

  • Sandy McNair

    Nov 5, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #17

    I dont blame harper for the goals but i do agree there was a bit of ball watching going on.

    It will be interesting to see how he reacts in the next few games after such a drubbing. I hope he does well and then we can start the given -harper debate all again.


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