Abdoulaye Faye played a great game for Newcastle in the derby on Saturday but limped out of the game, at the Stadium of Light, with a hamstring injury.
It has taken a couple of days for the injury to settle down, and the estimate now is that he could be out up to three weeks.
Abdoulaye Faye – hamstring injury will keep him out up to 3 weeks
Big Sam told the Evening Chronicle today about Fayeâ€™s injury:
â€œWeâ€™re looking at two to three weeks for Faye and the one thing it does is stop him going on international duty.â€
Itâ€™s good for Newcastle that at least Fayeâ€™s injury has ruled him out of Senegalâ€™s friendly against Mali on Saturday and Morrocco on Wednesday, with both games to be played in Paris. Heâ€™ll now be able to have good treatment for at least the next 2 weeks ready for our 9 games in 33 days that starts in a short 18 days time.
Sam also hopes that Given and Carr will be in his squad for the home game with Liverpool a week on Saturday. Carr of course, as we reported yesterday, has been out since the game on 26th August at Middlesbrough
Damien Duff, is still some weeks away from coming back with the date being 8th December according to PhysioRoom.com. As we reported yesterday Celestine Babayaro now has an injured back, with no return date yet issued for Celestine. Wonder if heâ€™ll get back before Sam gets rid of him in January?
Since Carr has been out, Allardyce has played both Habib Beye and Steven Taylor at right back. We cannot see Carr forcing his way back into the team anytime soon, but it looks like he’ll at least be available for the bench. Given looks to have a chance of playing for Ireland against Wales this Saturday, but we hope he doesnâ€™t even attend the Ireland get together. We would expect that Shay concentrate on getting fully fit for Newcastle. Sam talked to the Evening Chronicle about the injury situation:
â€œCarr and Given â€“ no problem in a week or so.â€
â€œStephen Carr will play in a training game in midweek, to help us get him back.â€
â€œWeâ€™re down to the bare bones. Shola Ameobi went down ill before the Sunderland game and obviously Butty was suspended.â€
We’ll need all the players we can muster for some of the upcoming games, so it’s good that Faye’s injury doesn’t look too bad. At least he will not miss too many Newcastle games. The other good news is the two Irishman will also be available for Liverpool – a crunch game now for Newcastle.