Newcastle Injury Situation Much Improved

The Newcastle manager was in bed with the flu bug yesterday, when Alan Oliver of the Evening Chronicle talked to him.


Sam Allardyce celebrating Beye’s winner on Saturday

Sam was not surprisingly very upbeat yesterday, because of Newcastle’s classic last minute win against Birmingham.

Sam said:

“After the way we came back on Saturday I feel great.” “Now we are looking for more good news by getting some players back for Saturday’s game with Fulham at Craven Cottage.” “I have arranged a behind-closed doors game this week when we are hoping that the likes of Damien Duff, Abdoulaye Faye, Claudio Cacapa and Shola Ameobi will all play.”

“Michael Owen will probably not play in it but we are expecting him back with the rest of the first-team squad nearer the end of the week.” And while Saturday will probably come too early for him he should certainly be back for the game with Derby County at St James’s Park a week on Sunday.”

That’s very good news from Sam on the injury front, because we do have a lot of games coming up, and we need to pick up some points to move up the league.

Michael Owen is another player who seems terribly injury prone, and he has started just 21 games for Newcastle since he joined the club in August of 2005. Oba Martins will soon be away on African Cup of Nations duty early next month, and we will need Michael to be ready to participate in games during the time Oba will be away on International duty.

We are not sure it’s worth extending Michael’s contract, until he proves at Newcastle he is worth the enormous wages we are paying him.

Sam added:

“We created and missed a lot of chances against Blackburn Rovers last weekend and again against Birmingham City on Saturday.”

“If we had taken some of these chances we could have had a comfortable 3-1 victory on Saturday instead of relying on Habib Beye’s last-minute winner.”

That’s one thing Sam has already talked about, that we must take our chances when they present themselves. Certainly when Michael gets back, he should be able to help in that department. But with just over 20 games to play this season, Michael has a lot of work to do for Newcastle, and we certainly hope he can start a good scoring run at the club.

But the news from Sam on the injury front is encouraging indeed this morning.

Comments very welcome.

31 comments so far

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar!

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Newcastle would be better off selling Owen and with that bit of cash buy a striker who isn’t sooo injury prone!! Berbatov would be brilliant but i doubt Spurs would want to offload him. Darren Bent would be good and hell even Yakubu would be better. Yakubu could even link up really well with Oba as they are good friends in the Nigeria Squad and know each- others play. Sell Owen lets get Yakubu…less injuries more goals!!!!!!

  • Far East

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Exchanging Owen for Kuyt anyone? Livrepool fans would surely want him back!

  • ToonKing

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #3

    JP from The Rock of Gibraltar, no way should we sell Owen, we will never get a finisher like him and even if we do it will cost a fortune.

    oh and Darren Bent ….blahhh, Yakubu ??? blahhh those guys will never score enough goals.

  • Alex Brett

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Keep Owen, he is a good striker just needs to get fully fit, and then we will see the best of him!!

    Oba is class but still needs work on his finishing, he will learn from one of the best in Owen!!

    What we need is an attacking midfield player who will open defences up with through balls!! someone in the mould of Elano/Deco would be nice! The defence isnt as bad as most people say, they have had a few nervy moments but they are still lerning the English game! Beye I think is a class right back, and Enrique looks a great prospect! Taylor will be superb in years to come! Roz and Cacapa are good defenders but just need more time! b4 the Pompey game Cacapa had been totally solid, 1 game later when he wasnt fully fit raised evryones eyebrows but give the lad some time!!

    Its just our midfield we seem to be lacking something which I am sure will be dealt with in January!!!

  • Kristófer

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #5

    we need rafael van der vaart, attacking midfielder who plays for Hamburg… he would e a great addition to the squad, he can score and create chances for his team.

    I think that is the player we need, and deffinatly keep owen

  • Alex Brett

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    The trouble with Van Der vaart is as good a player he is, he is also seriously injury prone!! but a good shout and if Sam could keep him fit then we could have a truly great player!!

  • Leo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #7

    i remember back to when he first signed, i was so happy, and the game where he scored 2 good goals set up by charlie nzogbia, i was full of hope, then it all went pear shape. i think we should sell him quick fast.

  • Srky

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #8

    I think we should keep him. He scored almost always he was in! But if he keeps missing than what else can we do?
    I agree with ToonKing, I doubt we can afford finisher like Owen!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Im hoping we sign Arshavin and Jo (CSKA), two signings we need.


    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #10

    I def tink Faye is our strongest defender,i love beye aswell he owns that position on the right.Owen is a great finisher but needs the service, if he was playin in last few matches he def would have got a goal or two.We need attack mid alrite,id like deco or maybe arshavin,some great players in russia at mo.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    you can shove kuyt up ya arse !
    no , im feeling a bit more optimistic about the toon today ,
    lets give sam that big wad of cash he came here for , and lets bring in a proper target man for owen to play along side .

  • Grunde

    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Sell Owen. Tired of him. Don’t think Yakubu is coming, but someone who we know will perform and not get easy injured. Also get rid of Ameobi!

    Howay the lads!

  • yancey

    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #13

    we’re not signing any top class strikers this january, chris mort has basically come out and said that indirectly. the best we can hope for in terms of headline-catching captures would be arshavin; other than that we’re looking at a few young prospects if anything at all. i’ve had a seat on the sell mickey bandwagon for as long as anyone, but come the african cup, we desperately need him until the end of the season. i’m frankly sick of him seemingly always ready to return “ahead of schedule”, a lot of good that’s done us in the past. sam needs not hurry him back, oba’s growing in confidence, and owen’s not a priority until january. do some christmas shopping, mickey, spend time with the kids, we’ll call you…

  • LiamBirchy8

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #14

    do you think there is much in this diego player from werder bremen for 10m in january, could be our elano. dont know much about him though

  • sparetheman

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #15

    yancey has it spot on there.

  • scott 9

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #16

    totaLLY agree toon king we shouldnt sell owen hes our best striker the best english striker in the premier league nad he is world class if he was playing week in week out he would score bags of goals he just neds one then i promise you he wont stop scoring

  • yancey

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #17

    diego will be starting for brazil next world cup, he’s magic. if we sign him, i’ll tattoo sunderland’s club crest on my forehead.

  • ToonUSA

    Dec 10, 2007 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #18

    This Owen Saga sounds like the Dyer saga with everyone clinging on to ‘potential’ . These guys are great when they are fully fit but will they ever be fit enough to play week in and week out?….I ask you all if you owened a stock that is losing its value how long do you keep it around??

    At this point I don’t think selling the lil lad will bring any money in so I say keep him around and don’t re-new his contract until he proves his worth.

  • Toon Al

    Dec 10, 2007 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #19

    anyone who thinks we should sign yakubu should go off more than this weeks match of the day..

    we should keep owen, coz u know if we sell him he’s just gonna come good for whoever signs him, it always happens to us.

    i’ve always liked the lad, rated his ability, and he will come good sooner or later. i dont think hes been worth the money really, but while he’s here why not make the most of a bad situation with his fitness. take it easy n he’ll hit form sooner rather than later. if he comes back at derby n gets a couple goals (which he deffinatly could do if we threaten the goal like we have been) we’l love him for a week. lets not get hastey!!

  • Srky

    Dec 10, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #20

    If Owen could, somehow, defend himself form injuring and collect few matches he would cathc his form. I don’t think selling him is a good move. We have problems in scoring so we need top scorer as him with us. I think Martins and Viduka are also ok but Mikey is a top class. Rarely good scorer.

  • Bill f

    Dec 10, 2007 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #21


  • ToonKing

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #22

    I we get Crouch and he does the Robot i’ll run onto the pitch and smack him.

    I say we rather get Ashton. i rate him higher.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Wouldnt like either, get Jo.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #24

    better off get Mario Gomez, or Palacio.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Gomez is injured ill feb and going to be 18 mil ish and Palacio is just a shor quick striker, we got martins.

  • Bill f

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #26

    He does the Robot when he scores I could put up with that.

  • Bill f

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Why have no Euro teams gone for Palacio. He is class.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 11, 2007 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #28

    Yeah i wondered that myself Bill, i think they probably did but he didn’t want to move, yet.

    and Tom_Tom Palacio is actually a target man, similar to Smithy, he can hold the ball up great.

    if Gomez is injured how about we get that Serbian kid at Valencia, he’s name escapes me but he’s a freaking giant.

  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #29

    yuo mean nicola zigic well i dont think we would get him be good if we did though

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Palacio is never a target man, his main attribute is that he works the wings so well.

  • Srky

    Dec 12, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Nikola Zigic is’t a kid. 28 yrs old! Also he has been njuried for a while and don’t perform well. Actually he hasn’t play a lot since he came into Valencia.
    But he is good player. But I doubt Valencia will let him. They just sign him!


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