Cacapa Not Fully Fit Last Saturday

It turns out that Claudio Cacapa is the only injury doubt before Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce names his squad for the important Sunderland derby on Saturday. The former Lyon defender was of course hauled off after just 18 minutes against Portsmouth.

However, the Newcastle boss revealed today that Cacapa was carrying a knock on Saturday, to do with his hamstring.

We wonder if that had anything to do with Cacapa being so easily brushed off the ball twice, in the first 11 minutes, that gave up two awful goals, in Saturday’s defeat to Portsmouth.


Claudio Cacapa – Sam says Brazilian was carrying a slight hamstring strain on Saturday

It looks like Big Sam already was thinking of bringing the Brazilian off against Portsmouth, because he looked so sluggish, but he didn’t achieve that until Cacapa had given away two very soft goals.

Maybe Claudio was hiding the extent of his injury, but if that’s the case, he now knows you cannot carry an injury like that in the Premier league. Maybe you can do that in the French League, but there’s just too much physical pressure in the game played in England. We’ll never know if Cacapa’s hamstring injury had anything to do with his disastrous performance on Saturday.  To be fair to Claudio, before last Saturday he had looked very solid in the heart of the Newcastle defense.

Big Sam said today:

“Cacapa had a slight hamstring last week but he said he was perfectly OK in the last two days of training.”

“But he just looked labored to me, and of course by the time I’d decided to make the substitution, they’d scored three goals.”

As we mentioned, Cacapa had done very well before last Saturday and he’ll be very keen to prove his last performance was just a fluke, and that it will not happen again. We had thought Cacapa was one of Big Sam’s best acquisitions during the summer, and we certainly hope he will return to his best form. We’re gradually starting to get over the complete shock of Saturday’s first 11 minutes, so maybe Cacapa can come back to his very best form, sooner rather than later.  Hopefully, things can only get better from now on.    😀

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Bill f

    Nov 7, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m lost for words, if this sort of thing is able to get past the personal fitness coaches then what the hell is going on. Sorry but it aint good enough.

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 7, 2007 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m not sure it’s even true – but maybe that’s why he fell down so much on Saturday. If it was an injury then – as you suggest – you have to ask why he played. Maybe that’s why Sam said Cacapa said he was perfectly fit the last 2 days of training last week. Interesting though.

  • Jamie

    Nov 7, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Somehow I doubt Sir Alex would have let this happen at Man Utd, so why the hell should it happen at St James’s! Ridiculous!!

  • adam

    Nov 7, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #4

    what a joke. bad management. i cant help noticing all the excuses ALL the time. if its not this is something else.

  • phil

    Nov 7, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #5

    When did Newcatle fans become so short sighted and ficle? It is sad to see what has happened.

  • Andy H

    Nov 7, 2007 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #6

    I think it’s up to the player to tell the manager when he can’t play. I can understand that he wanted to play but, he must have known he couldn’t cope and should have put the team first. If his performance was down to injury he has to blame in self and should think about his team mates in future because he let them down completely by gifting 2 goals and ending the game after 13 minutes.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Normally BSA would not play an injured player so I’m surprized it happened, unless it was a language problem whereby BSA thought Cacapa said he was injury free…..

    Cacapa has looked good this season apart from Pompey, so let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and get behind the team and the manager!

  • Halliday

    Nov 7, 2007 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Here comes the excuses for saturday now.

  • Leo

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #9

    hahah brisbane mag thats hilarious to think, sam saying you fit

    and cladio trying to say no and sam just saying oh great haha

    i suppose we can take positives and negatives from this…

    positives being that atleast cladio isnt loosing it, just an injury

    negatives being that we didnt spot the injury

  • dan

    Nov 7, 2007 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Ok, let me get this straight….

    Milner plays half a dozen games and gets dropped because he’s at risk of burnout and possible injury (Exactly what Sam said)….Yet, Cacapa who is carrying a hamstring injury, is allowed to start a game!???

    stop taking the p*ss!

  • Pouch13

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Dare I say it again, Sam sounds like our old mate Souness – there’s problems but for some unknown reason it’s always somebody else’s fault, never his.
    Come on Big Sam be ‘BIG’ enough and honest enough to say “I pick the team and tactics so I’m ultimately responsible for what happens on the pitch”. He’s
    ‘ducking and diving’ much to soon!

  • Geno Toon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Suprising to see a Sr. player such as Capaca not report an injury knowing that he may miss a game but it is better then doing what he did. It was a selfish move that could end up kicking him in that ass.

  • Aussie Geordie

    Nov 8, 2007 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Sam had come out about a week ago boasting that even a half fit Capaca could play well because of his amazing abitlity to read the game and position himself according. Well the back four had pushed and what he needed was pace but considering the belief his manager had in him I’m not suprised he though he could hack it. I’m glad Sam thinks the best of his players but I’m sick of hearing about looking after the young lads and not letting them burn out. They are probably the fittest they will ever be and youngsters who play for the top four have to play at lot more games because of Europe. Lets test these kids and see how they develop.

  • azza jones

    Nov 8, 2007 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Man to be honest I like BS as a manager but his excuses are getting as good as Roeders…..Why play him if he wasnt fit….We have 200 fu*ken medical staff behind the scenes, how did this slip thorugh?

    We have Roz & Faye who could have started, the mismangement just keeps going on….

    Im dreading the weekend cause they are going to be up for it big time!

  • Coolsmurf

    Nov 8, 2007 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #15

    give me a break BSA!

  • Craig Allen

    Nov 8, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #16

    You got to be joking … Sam – when are we going to hear something along the lines of “Lads, I, Sam, messed up – I should have followed through on the precedent of having playing drop themselves and play Roz. I chose the team and the tactics. I ….” instead we have to put up with all this other crap – we’ve been hearing all week how bad the lads were (and they were) when are you going to own up to your contribution? We all make mistakes …

  • yemozone

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Any more excuses?

  • BrettToon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Seriously.. it was a one off. Stop making digs at the manager. We have completely changed our team and it will take time to mould.
    Stop bloody moaning all the time!!!

  • Bobby Ollox

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    I have it on very good authority that the real reason we lost the game on saturday, is that they used a different sort of wahing powder to do the kit wash, which actually resulted in the socks losing some of their colour, and being a more grey colour, and affecting the way many of the players performed.
    BSA had someone get a whole bunch of very black new socks from the club shop at half time, which is why we only conceded 1 goal in the second half.
    Its true…….

  • Bill f

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Bobby, you could have something there. The chemicals in the powder could be upsetting the metabolism of our lads. Valle suggested several blogs ago that it could be the tea lady, but what if it is actually the washing lady. Sam had better send for Mulder and Scully. 😉

  • toonoholic

    Nov 9, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #21

    thats why i love sam
    hes a funny manager 😀


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