Faye Out 3 Weeks – Carr and Given Back

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 Faye’s injury:

“We’re looking at two to three weeks for Faye and the one thing it does is stop him going on international duty.”

It’s good for Newcastle that at least Faye’s injury has ruled him out of Senegal’s friendly against Mali on Saturday and Morrocco on Wednesday, with both games to be played in Paris. He’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 he’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 doesn’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:

“Carr and Given – no problem in a week or so.”

“Stephen Carr will play in a training game in midweek, to help us get him back.”

“We’re down to the bare bones. Shola Ameobi went down ill before the Sunderland game and obviously Butty was suspended.”

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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Soren

    Nov 13, 2007 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #1

    A shame Faye will miss the Liverpool game as he was very good against Sunderland. But lets hope he gets fully fit for the december marathon. Given and Carr ready is also great news, mostly Given, but Carr will be a nice backup to have on the bench until, we can buy new players in January.

  • ChrisL

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #2
  • Kash

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Carr is poo, Harper deserves to keep his place and we need to sort ourselves out if we want to have any chance to pick up any points from Liverpool. We’re playing negative football and we sit far too deep on top of our back 4. Emre needs replacing, we could do with Duff to give us some width and our full backs need to be more adventurous.

  • Leo

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #4

    strangely i believe that carr will come back strong, he wont want to leave in january, expect him to push for RB position. i really think if beye has a bad game sam will put carr into his team.

    oh no i hear you all saying,

    truthfully i am saying it in my head also

  • Kash

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Leo – would you bet your house on it?

  • Hafliði

    Nov 13, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #6

    It´s not so bad news cause maybe h´ll miss the africa competition and play for us insted …but anyway make money for free here it works easily http://www.uvme.biz/383437HM

  • bowsie

    Nov 13, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Harper made a bad error against Sunderland for the goal, going down way way to early, in fact he would have saved it if he had stood his ground.

  • Leo

    Nov 13, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #8

    absolutly not haha

  • ToonKing

    Nov 13, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Faye will be sorely missed against Looserpool, especially if Crouch is on the pitch. But then again Crouch played really well against Besiktas so we won’t see him for another month or so. 🙂

  • Rich

    Nov 13, 2007 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Dont think Emre needs replacing at all, id give the guy to January but hes more than capable of playing the creative midfielder role for us!Hes just coming back to fitness and when hes on the ball hes good, need to get him more involved, he worked really hard on Saturday but had to chase the ball too much. Carr is not good enough in my opinion though. If emre isnt producing the goods later then a midfield of:

    Milner Barton Nzogbia Duff sounds interseting??

  • Kash

    Nov 13, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Harper did go down early, but where was the marking????? Shocking defending on set-pieces! A player of Emre’s calibre should be involved in every type of game, regardless of whether he’s chasing the ball. Steven Gerrard chases the ball for liverpool, but he’s still a major source of creativity and output. I suppose Emre’s fitness plays a part, but we never see the best of him away from home. I like him, but he’s inconsistent, and considering players could become available, do you stick with what you have (and hope it comes good) or do you bring in what you want (and increase the chances of sorting a problem)?

  • Stamford Toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree with bowsie it was a bad mistake by Harper. As I have said before our team should be geared up to take quick corners, free kicks and throw ins but also be ready to defend against them taken by the opposition. Just watch how many of them stroll back into position showing no urgency.

  • Eve

    Nov 13, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Harper was poor against Sunderland, it shouldn’t be enough to keep Given out. Yet I still think that Sam will keep Given on the bench, same way he probally wont start Martins.
    Good to see Given back, hopefully he’ll make the Irish game so he can have a run about before Liverpool. Hopefully he’ll be in goal for the Liverpool game, but God only knows what Sam will do. Personally I don’t think that Harper did enough.

  • Bill f

    Nov 13, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Could never see why we got Carr in the first place, have seen nothing which makes me think he will improve. He certainly is willing and puts the effort in but is too slow for the EPL. We need strong, fast technically skilled players if there is real ambition to be a top team .
    Beye is the man for RB at the moment.

  • Hammy

    Nov 13, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #15

    I remember watching Carr play against us before his move and he was terrible….wouldn’t have got a game for Berwick Rangers.
    He was half decent when he was younger and before the Greggs franchise opened up……..I also would like to see Beye in action….PL is different to the French league, but he is only going to learn by playing.

  • dave

    Nov 14, 2007 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Not another hamstring injury – I thought big sams new approach to fitness and training was going to reduce these costly injuries!!!!!!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 14, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #17

    dave – I know but I suppose it takes time to see the results – but we’ll watch our injury situation closely throughout this season. It’s certainly been better than last season so far – but we still have far too many injuries, that’s for sure.


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