Taking a look at the injury situation which we do periodically, we notice we still have Carr and Babayaro out injured.
It turns out that Babayaro has now injured his back and hasnâ€™t played for the Newcastle first team since early March, having nursed a strained hamstring for about 6 months.
Stephen Carr has been out injured since the Middlesbrough game on 26th August â€“ thatâ€™s 11 weeks with an injury initially estimated at 3 weeks.
Celestine Babayaro – has been out injured since early March
Sam is well aware that a playerâ€™s value has to be measured by the number of games he is available for in a season. Babayaro and Carr are always injured and are two injury prone players we need to unload in January. Both their contracts run out in the summer and we feel sure that Sam will want to offload them from the wage bill in January, if he can get buyers (or takers) for the two of them.Â We think Babayaro will resist moving before his contract is up in June, but we think Carr may want to move on if a suitable club comes in.
Big Sam talked about Babayaro today:
“Babayaro had a bit of a back problem which doesn’t relate to the other injury.â€
But it’s obviously disappointing from his and our point of view.â€
Hereâ€™s our current injury list from PhysioRoom.com along with return dates if available. Notice that there is still no return date for Faye, who injured his hamstring on Saturday. The injury has to settle down before the Newcastle medical staff can estimate a return date. We certainly hope it will not be long for Abdoulaye to come back.
A Faye Hamstring Injury no return date Cacapa Knee Injury 24th Nov 07 S Given Groin Strain 24th Nov 07 P Ramage ACL Knee Injury Apr 08 S Carr Hamstring Injury 24th Nov 07 D Duff Ankle 8th Dec 07
Looks like the new Babayaro injury has just happened and heâ€™s not yet back on the list. Hey, he did play a reserve game a week or two ago. Also looks like Cacapa is now officially on the injury list, and we have a sneaking suspicion he wasn’t fit to start against Portsmouth, where he looked terribly slow and sluggish.