Emre Out For Two Weeks With Calf Injury

The bad news today is that Emre has suffered an injury in training and will be out for about two weeks.


Emre – out for 2 weeks with calf problem

The Newcastle United manager is already missing missing Obafemi Martins, who returned from Ghana with a sprained ankle and missed the game 2 weeks ago at Villa Part and is is still not fit.

The other player injured is Stephen Carr who has yet another hamstring injury but Keegan is hopeful he will also be back for next week’s home game with Blackburn Rovers. However, we don’t think Carr’s injury is that bad for the team. It means in all likelihood that Jose Enrique could start at left back unless Kevin decides to play N’Zogbia there. It may also open up the way for David Edgar to come in the 16 for today’s game.

Here’s a side that we think can do well today:

Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
Milner Barton Geremi Duff (N’Zogbia)
Owen Viduka
Subs: Harper Cacapa Smith Butt N’Zogbia (Duff)

This is a bad blow for the team because Kevin has already stated a few times that Emre is one of the few players at Newcastle who is creative enough to open up opposing defenses. We were looking forward to him getting a start today.

Here’s our current injury situation:

Player        Injury                Return Date

Emre          Calf Muscle Strain   7th Mar 08
S Carr        Hamstring Injury    14th Mar 08
O Martins     Sprained Ankle       no return date
T Krul        Dislocated Shoulder  no return date
P Ramage      ACL Knee Injury      5th Apr 08

Finally, something we have up on our main site today – Newcastle fans are urged to take their seats at least 10 minutes before the kick-off today.

Newcastle United Football Club are showing a bit of class by making a special presentation to former manager Sir Bobby Robson to mark his 75th birthday.


Bobby and lovely wife Elsie

Great for the club and Bobby is one of our real heroes in the game of football. We love the guy!

Happy Birthday Bobby!

Comments on our injury situation and our Uncle Bobby are welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Shite! He was part of everyones team for this week mine included. Gotta ask wht is your source on this? No other news up regarding it.

  • ToonKing

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #2

    oh damn…..just what we needed….. 🙁

  • Howie

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #3

    nufc.com say it

  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Il bet Butt and Smith are playing today. Emre was our key player today in my eyes, without him we just won’t have enough skill to break Man u down.

  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #5

    When is the team announced?

  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #6

    So, Geremi and Barton in the middle?

  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #7

    If its Butt and geremi in the middle we are gonna get smashed, but no manager could be that stupid?

  • canmag

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    hurt again, you have got to be kidding seem’s when you really need him down he goes.

  • hanzemre

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #9

    OPS not Butt again…like to start with N’Zogbia & Geremi/Barton in the middle park…

  • Obafan

    Feb 23, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Again bad luck for the little Turk 🙁 . My team for today would be:

    Beye – Faye – Cacapa – Enrique
    Milner – Geremi – Barton – Duff
    Owen – Viduka
    SUBS: Harper – Taylor – N’Zogbia – Butt – Smith

    I’m afraid this will be the team selected by our best friend KK (hope I’m wrong tho’)

    Beye – Taylor – Faye – N’Zogbia
    Milner – Butt – Barton – Duff
    Owen – Smith
    SUBS: Harper – Cacapa – Geremi – Viduka – Enrique

  • Dunc

    Feb 23, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    I LOVE BOBBY!!!!!

    When he speaks, I sit up and listen.


    Gutted about Emre, but would he have been in the side anyway??


    Feb 23, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12

    The team should be:

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Milner Barton N’Zogbia Duff
    Owen Viduka
    Subs: Harper, Edgar, Butt, Lua Lua, Carroll

    Obafan = “our best friend KK”

    I take it that is meant to be sarcastic
    how can any supposed newcastle fan keep slagging off Kevin Keegan and why the hell would you play the extemely slow Cacapa against a team potentially containing the pace of Rooney, Tevez, Nani, Ronaldo and the throughballs utilising their pace by players with the passing abilities of Scholes, Anderson, Carrick Giggs etc.

  • Pan

    Feb 23, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Harper should be given a proper chance!

    Beye – Faye – Cacapa – Enrique
    Milner – Geremi – N’Zogbia – Duff
    Owen – Carroll

    SUBS: Given – Taylor -Barton – Lua Lua – Viduka

  • nate dawg

    Feb 23, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #14

    god dame emre is the one player isaw winning it for us today . unles the duke wakes up . anyone one notice booys wife looks like judy from richard and judy? or just me

  • nate dawg

    Feb 23, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #15

    sorrys bobbys

  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #16

    nate dawg – i actually thought it was her lol 😛

  • Richard

    Feb 23, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Craigg Awesome team there…. though I think i’d play Harps as i reckon Given will strain himself and let one in at the same time

    Howay Lads!!! 😀


    Feb 23, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Richard, cheers i think we should go for ’em like we did in that 5-o and also the 4-3 under Bobby.

    Attack is the best form of defence for us as i dont think we can stop them scoring, Although i have more confidence in our back 4 than those previous matches which is weird cuz those 2 sides were much better than this current set of jokers !!!

  • Kevin

    Feb 23, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Again – I honestly believe that Butt and Smith will start EVERY game for the rest of the season. I believe the only reason they’ve been in the last few sides is due to a clause in their contracts. That was the way the team used to be run in the old days under FFS. I believe King Kev’s hands are tied, as sad as it is to say it.

  • ScottyT

    Feb 23, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #20

    id have ed’s team apart from change thug (barton) for zog or even butt for barton just as long as barton doesnt play sorry but i hate him and also would give harper a chance as given may be injured again and hes had enough injuries on that groin.

    gutted emre wont be playing 🙁 hes our only creative player will be hard for us to break down their defense now although maybe its better to have a team of battlers for a game like today

    and yh what a great man the legend that is sir bobby robson

  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Kevin – It seems like you are right, they must play in every game when fully fit and available? but it can’t be.

  • Callum

    Feb 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Kevin – We loaned out Butt and Smith was signed during Ashley’s reign so i dont think its in their contracts that they have to play 🙂

  • Kevin

    Feb 23, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Callum – you’re right about Smith. Bad shortsight on my part. But I’m just trying to think of logical reasons why the King continues to make the same mistake BFS did….let’s hope he gets over it quickly!

    I’ve got a mate, who’s a Man U supporter, coming over to mine to watch the game on TV – let’s hope I can rub a result in his face!!

  • nate dawg

    Feb 23, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #24

    hi any one know what chaneel the match is on tvu

  • TooooooN

    Feb 23, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #25

    even if emre is not injured, he won’t start and we still dont know why

  • Gooderz

    Feb 23, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #26

    I hate to say it but I hope Emre goes in the summer. He just gets too many niggling little injuries.

    If we lost him and a couple of the defensive midfielders and replaced them with 3 good ball players with at least 2 being well endowed on the creative side of things then we would have competition in midfield which would benefit our attacking game, instead of relying on Emre alone as we currently do.

  • toon4lyf

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #27

    naw du fook sell emre .emre is clearly our best player and no point buying unnessarry new player then waiting fer ages for them to settle in keep emre sell barton butt viduka carr and then buy arca mgeady crouch

  • Leo*

    Feb 23, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #28

    its a damn shame that he is injured!!!

    it means that pr1ck nicky butt gets a game, and i dispise him, i really do, he is really bad, not going to go on why, but he is ruining our club, along with joey barton its quite disgusting to watch

  • AdamCF

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #29

    As soon as they get rid off Big Sam’s Sports Science experts, injuries start to happen. And none of them have been on the pitch.

  • Paul R

    Feb 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #30

    I think emre is a good player but we need people to fight and graft and give everything to the colours im afraid sick note is doing them emre carr viduka … HIT THE ROAD PLEASE … because if we did get relegated can you imagine this lot scrapping it out in the champoinship i think not !! they would just go on to the next sucker team and good luck to them … just cant wait until this pain has gone and we hopefully stay up and start next season in the PL afresh !!


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