Hughton Already Hampered By Injuries


Chris Hughton’s job as caretaker manager is already being tested by a number of injuries in the Newcastle squad.

Chris Hughton – squad challenged by injuries

Jonas Gutierrez will return with Fabricio Coloccini from their Argentine duties in Peru, and Jonas’ shoulder injury will be assessed today, but it will be a surprise if he can play tomorrow against Hull City.

And bad news regarding Australian Mark Viduka, who has yet to play this season, and could be out another six weeks with his Achilles heel injury, after having all summer to recover.

Joey Barton is banned for the next six games, José Enrique is out with a hamstring injury, and Obafemi Martins is also doubtful, so it appears that Hughton will have to shuffle things around in the team.

This is exactly what Kevin Keegan had feared, that while there is certainly a lot of quality in the squad, we just don’t have enough players to combat injuries and lack of form through the season.

With so few attacking options Chris may elect to give new boy Xisco his first start alongside captain Michael Owen in attack, and he can certainly play the impressive Sebastien Bassong at left back, leaving free Charles N’Zogbia for a more attacking role.

Newcastle’s other new signing, Uruguayan central midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez, is also expected to start and Danny Guthrie may be forced to play on the right wing to cover for the loss of Gutiérrez, although Geremi would also be a possibility there.

Gutierrez could be missing for the next two weeks after he injured his shoulder playing for Argentina in their World Cup qualifier against Peru on Wednesday night after just 16 minutes of that game.

Hughton said today:

“Jonas came down very heavy on his shoulder playing for Argentina. We’ve spoken to him and he’s back in Newcastle on Friday afternoon.”

“At this particular moment, until he is back with us and has been assessed, we can not say what the exact damage is. We’ll know more once we’ve seen him.”

“Whenever there is an international game you always hope everyone comes back okay and that they are ready to go again at the weekend.”


We must try to get a good win tomorrow afternoon, even if the club is in a bit of disarray, because we must pick up all the points we can in the league this season, if we are indeed to turn things around, once and for all.

We’ll have out match preview later today.

Comments welcome.



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36 comments so far

  • carl

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    just hope we get all three points.

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  • lesh

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Mr A. You appointed the ‘Board’ and should’ve seen this coming.

    They’re neither part of the club or up to the job and the answer was and is in your hands.

    Ask them if they know how to spell P45 and show ’em the door….. and if you want to redeem your reputation, quick!

    Tax for board….. actually, if that’s a swap offer ‘fraid it overvalues the taxi!

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  • lesh

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Meant to say Taxi for the Board! …..

    actually, if that’s a swap offer ‘fraid it overvalues the taxi!

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Get your boots on Hughton, how everybody but MA and his cronies saw this coming is unbelievable……
    In this life you reap what you sew…..
    Let’s get the combines oot….oh arrrrrrr!!!

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle BOUGHT BRAMBLE 4 5MILLION WAT A WASTE.I SOLD HIM 2 EVERTON 4 1.8.DEPRECIATION.OWEN MUST B NEXT

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  • Leo

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    i see steve clark has resigned from chelsea, i know he is being linkd with west ham, but i was shocked because for the last week my dad has been saying he will be coming to newcastle

    so not a rumour at all, not a certainty at all but just a funny thing

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  • mitch

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Why I think he never bought anymore is he wants the youngsters in the shop window so we will be forced to play them I hope they do well but this is a big risk but there value will go up as they can then say premiere league experiance IMO

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Nice picture of Chris with all the fit first teamers in the background….

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  • Kash

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    It would be an alright situation if the youngsters on the edge of the first team were fit and ready to slot in, but they’re all injured and we don’t really have ready made alternatives!!!

    That Nile Ranger kid is meant to be a very raw but exciting talent!

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  • mitch

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Leo that would be interesting

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  • Hadrian

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    wow , i wonder how we never saw this comming 😛

    ps , anyone think jiminez could be the new willie mckay ?
    more i hear about our summer tranfers , more i find out how he was connected to the players and their agents .
    he’s dodgy imo .

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  • Big Gaz

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    ED ! ! I asked yesterday if you would take the picture of fatty Ashley off your site….I beg you please…anything would be better than looking at his fat dish….

    Any sugestions from anyone on what to replace his fat face with?????????

    3 points 2morra..

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  • mitch

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    but leo look at this he already gone to west ham

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  • mitch

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #14

    sorry linkhttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article4736185.ece

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    I SIGNED POCONGLI FROM GENK AS A REPLACEMENT 4 BABA AND BENARD

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  • Marty

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Can`t even see a win tomorrow……
    Hey things can only get better as they certainly can`t get worse.
    Howay the lads,need a step up to get something out of this.

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  • jarrow-man

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    it would good to see everyone getting behind the team at the match against Hull City and save the demostrations for half time. This will ensure the fans get there point across and the team enjoy our full support which they need at this time…

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  • MarK

    Sep 12, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    hey..what if we dont get taken over..instead its some1 just investing in the club for a sizeable share (like mashley was saying a while back)…then what?

    or

    If we do get taken over…owl, dennis wise and jimenez stay in the job…then what?

    also..has anyone ever noticed that almost all pics of mashley has him touching his face for some reason…weird face toucher.

    ps. I reckon we’ll win..Im actually looking forward to seeing xisco play

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  • Leo

    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    MarK, Chris Mort did the face touching thing too

    but he would always have his hand in a particular manner with a ‘gun shape’ across his chin

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20

    i admit that as much as i’m fed up with Ashley i can’t really bring myself to hate the board…….I know that KK left cause signings were forced on him but strangely that is the only thing keeping me from dropping a bomb on Ashley and Wise..

    The signings they forced on KK are all great signings, you must admit that, and i can’t wait to see Xisco hopefully starting on Saturday cause the lad is pure gold.

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    My next target is a RIGHT BACK.SOLD RAMAGE AND SOME YOUNGSTERS AND WAITING 4 A BID 4 MARCELO

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22

    After all the sh*t that has happened in the past 2 weeks I for once don’t give a flying f*ck what the score is tomorrow I am sick to death of all the crap around our club. I don’t even want to be near a TV or radio tomorrow.

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  • MarK

    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #23

    I recommend you stay away from sharp objects aswell geordiedoonsouth

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  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #24

    Big Gaz, how about a pig with lipstick, both topical and appropriate. 🙂

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  • Big Gaz

    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #25

    A steaming dog turd would be better than looking at his fat mush…I feel like punching the screen

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  • pete stone

    Sep 12, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #26

    can anyone tell me what a newcastle gremlin is??

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  • toon Olly

    Sep 12, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #27

    ganiyu what the hell are you on about? are you shouting about some weird fantasy football you’ve got going on in your head…?

    We’ve got to pick up the three points tomoro, my best mate is a villain and i ripped it out of him when stoke beat them 3-2, so we can’t let hull do the same! Xisco for a debut goal at st. james’!

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  • Guinea Mag

    Sep 12, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #28

    The squad is paper thin and anticipate several of our youngsters on the bench for tomorrows game.

    Players returning from international duty in South America; Colocino (and Nacho-thanks tom-toon) will find it difficult after the long flight…… Will be interesting to see if either start from the beginning although both are needed.

    We should be too good for Hull and expect a home win provided the 12th man get behind the boys!!!

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  • Big Gaz

    Sep 12, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Pete..a Newcastle gremlin is a member of a group of fans still caught in the early 80’s when it was deemed big and clever to go fighting with oposition fans and smash up a bar. Not very big and not very clever.

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  • pete stone

    Sep 12, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #30

    big gaz – thanks for that, i just wasnt sure.

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  • Kash

    Sep 12, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Allegedly from somebody in the know in Newcastle……………

    Keegan didn’t want Milner to go but Wise talked him around saying he could get his four targets – Olivier Kapo, Stephen Warnock, Sebastian Sweinsteiger and Sami Hyppia – with the money he got from the sale. He reluctantly agreed.

    They also tried to farm Barton off to Pompey, but he didn’t want to go.

    Barton phoned Keegan and asked what was happening. Keegan told him he was going nowhere and went to see Wise, who at the same time was trying to flog Owen to four clubs, who were interested, but none of them matched the money the club wanted.

    On the Monday (transfer deadline day) Keegan asked Wise what was happening with his players. Wise said he couldn’t get the players Keegan wanted but had these two foreigners.

    Keegan said Wise was lying because he had talked to the agents and the four all wanted to come to Newcastle.

    Keegan hadn’t heard of the loan guy but said maybe the Cisco kid might be a good long term signing but added he didn’t want any strikers, only midfielders and defenders. Wise said he had already signed the two foreigners and he would just have to get on with it.

    Keegan had a stand up row with Wise and Liambias who threatened to sack him.

    Keegan lamped him – seriously – and walked out. Then he buggered off to Manchester – a conspiracy of talks then continued but they didn’t have any talks with Keegan. The club were just covering their backs.

    All this talk Keegan had a list with Lampard, Henry and the likes is pure propaganda and sh*t-stiring by club insiders.

    I think that covered it, oh, and the new owners of Man City actually wanted to buy Newcastle but Ashley doesn’t want to sell up – sadly

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Im glad people such as the Arabs at Man City didn’t buy us, they will ruin football.

    DIC will invest sensibly not like the Man City owner.

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  • ObaFan2

    Sep 12, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #33

    What we worried about, with the strength and depth of squad, reinforced in the summer we have plenty of cover for injuries……. NOT

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  • lesh

    Sep 12, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #34

    C’mon Hadrian, spill the beans about Jimanez and his connections etc.

    Could be interesting and moreso if Poyout’s formally unveiled as a slightly used memebr of the family!

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  • Leo

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #35

    i think the gremlins are newcastles ‘firm’ but they are no where near as prolific as they used to be, although some say that all the organised fighting still goes on just it is well organised and the police do not find out

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  • Hilly

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36

    I agree Tom Toon. Aimlessly splashing cash doesn’t result in points. Will Robinho really care to play for his Man City shirt? IMO, no.

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