Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan said today that Emre is making decent progress with his sprained ankle, but he will not be fit for the game against Sunderland on Sunday.
Emre – injury record is very poor
Emre has actually been out injured now since February 9th, and a couple of weeks ago made an abortive come-back in a reserve game against Manchester United at St. Jamesâ€™ Park, when he was injured again in the first half. To say that Emre is injury prone is to greatly understate the situation.
Emreâ€™s never played for the first team for over 9 weeks, and he last appeared in a Newcastle shirt against Aston Villa at Villa Park, as a sub in the 75th minute, when we were thrashed 4-1.
It turns out that Emre is the only player in the current Newcastle squad to have scored a winning goal for Newcastle against Sunderland, when he scored in the 3-2 victory at St Jamesâ€™ Park two seasons ago, with a free kick, when manager Graeme Souness was still in charge.
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œBoth Emre and Claudio Cacapa are doing light training with a view to coming back in the next 10 days.â€ â€œStephen Carrâ€™s fit now, so maybe he just needs another half a game. He had half a game the other day.â€
â€œPeter Ramage is back fit again, but itâ€™s a difficult time for players coming back from long-term injuries, because thereâ€™s no reserve games.â€ â€œWe have only the Northumberland Cup final with Blyth Spartans at St Jamesâ€™ Park next Wednesday night.â€
Since Ramageâ€™s contract runs out in June itâ€™s going to be difficult for Keegan to decide whether to extend his contract, since Kevin has never seen him play in the first team. We think it will be easier for him to decide on Stephen Carr, who is past it, and in any case is always out injured.
The club must look at playersâ€™ injury records, before they bring them to the club, because a footballer’s worth to the club has to be based on the number of games he is available each season, as well as his playing ability and skills. That’s just common sense, but we have too many players who are continually injured, it seems to us.
Players like Carr and Emre are unavailable an awful lot because they always pick up niggly little injuries, which severely restrict their playing time.
What do you think about this?
Are we being too harsh?
Comments and opinions welcome.