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Given So Frustrated to Be Injured Again

2:25 pm, Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

As we re[ported earlier today Shay Given is to travel to Belgium tomorrow to finally sort out his groin problems.

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Shay Given - off to Belgium tomorrow

Shay talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“All this stop-start business is no good, and I know that we have got to get to the bottom of all this.”

“At this moment I cannot say when I will be back in action, but obviously I want to play again as soon as possible.”

“This is a terrible time for me to be on the sidelines.”

Shay could be back for the important trip to St Andrews and fellow-strugglers Birmingham City a week on Monday night.

But Steve Harper is also amply capable of holding the fort, and will be very keen to take his chance. Steve played a very good game for the team last Saturday.

Obviously Shay’s future participation will depend largely on what the groin specialist in Belgium finds, and what he recommends as a course of action for the Irish goalkeeper.

Shay continued:

“It’s not rocket science to link what has happened to me with what happened down at Upton Park the season before last.”

“However, the frustrating thing for me is that before then I had never had a groin injury or problems in this area throughout my whole career.”

“Yes, we are in trouble. But so too are a lot of other clubs from Middlesbrough down over in the Premier League.”

“Nobody is too big to go down, but I am confident with what I saw against Blackburn on Saturday and from the spirit in the dressing room that we will be OK.”

“Everybody is talking about our need to win those home games against Reading, Fulham and Sunderland but don’t be surprised if we pick up something on the road in our next two away games at Liverpool and Birmingham City.”

“We still have a lot of quality players in our squad and on our day we are capable of beating almost anyone.”

Certainly the game against Blackburn on Saturday was very encouraging because the lads put in an excellent display. And we should have scored at least one of the 8 chances we had on Saturday, as the team continually surged forward and gave Blackburn everything they could handle.

We think we may be able to get a result at Liverpool – and certainly if we play with the spirit and drive we showed last Saturday – anything is possible.

Comments very welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Shay Given · Steve Harper



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 staffsmag // Mar 5, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    So are we – lets hope he comes back better than he has been !!!

  • 2 staffsmag // Mar 5, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    2 first posts today !!!!

  • 3 daiv // Mar 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Ed,
    How likely is it that we will get something at Liverpool? Very unlikely, but possible. Lets just hope for the best and not be too down if we get nothing as long as we perform. A good fighting performance will help us in the games we must win.

  • 4 HonoraryGeordie // Mar 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Team for Saturday please Kev:-
    ———-Harper
    Beye Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    ————Faye
    Milner Zogster Duff
    ——-Owen Oba

  • 5 Kash2 // Mar 5, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    I’ve been getting alot of stick from alot of southerners how we’re gonna go down. Not that i’m worried, considering our run in. We’re due to play most of the teams below us, and to be fair, IF, and a BIG IF, we don’t beat them then we deserve to go down!

    But personally, Bolton and Fulham will be the teams joining Derby in the championship IMHO. And if you look at the players these teams have, I think there’s a few we should try and poach of them:

    Derby: Giles Barnes
    Bolton: Diouf, Nolan, Gardner
    Fulham: Hughes, Bullard

    Out of the other 2 teams that are there too:

    Reading: Shorey, Doyle, Hunt
    Birmingham: McFadden, Zarate, Kapo

    What do you guys think? I think relegated teams are like xmas sales. You can always buy useful things, but never anything amazingly special!!!

  • 6 Tom_Toon // Mar 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Id sign Dempsey from Fulham and Jones from the scum.

    Fulham and Derby are already down, i wouldnt sign anyone from Derby as they are all crap, including Barnes, ask any Derby Fan.

    Dempsey is the only Fulham player id buy as the others arent good enough or getting on a bit.

  • 7 gmans // Mar 5, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    yahooo..we will win for next Saturday..let us see. mark my words..haha

  • 8 Nobby! // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Man… Shay Given has gone under the knife more times than Michael Jackson has!

  • 9 Punk Skunk // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Agree TT, Dempsey’s got a good engine & jones is prob. the best s’land have had for yonks…
    …Not sure about Barnes tho’, he is playing in a supershit team right now & is young, he’s still got time, surely?..

  • 10 Graham // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    He’s frustrated – imagine how us fans feel when his clearence kicks end up in the east stand!

  • 11 ScottyT // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    haha sorry hope im wrong but i see absolutely no chance of us getting anything against liverpool another thrashing probably .. wish i could have gone but costs a bomb :(

    kash2 i rate bullard quite a bit but hes the only player id have from fulham swap for butt lol other ones u mention id maybe have hunt and shorey but thats it. defo woudnt want ‘the spit’ (diouf) h8 him so much

  • 12 james // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Barnes is a must buy, to be honest. If Keegan offered a ridiculous 2m for him when the asking price was only 5 then I worry about how much he knows about the players in the premiership these days.

    Even if you buy him only for potential he’s worth 5 million, aside from the fact he’s been a standout when fit in the Derby side. We’ve been linked with him for nearly 2 seasons now and he’s a promising youngster.

    Buying him for 5 million makes a lot more sense than paying 12 for a premiership unproven striker with a very average goalscoring record.

  • 13 Ausgeordie // Mar 6, 2008 at 4:13 AM

    Poor Given. Harewood took his balls and he has never regained them. Give him a testamoinal and put him in our hall of fame and wave him off.

  • 14 AdamCF // Mar 6, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Shay.. get the op done. Sit out the rest of the season and be as fresh as a daisy next season :)




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