Newcastle’s injury worries are mounting, and with both Joey Barton and Danny Guthrie suspended, our small squad is currently being tested to the limit, so early in the season.
Alan Smith – now out for 3 months
There was some surprising news that Alan Smith will be out for up to 3 months with an Achilles tendon injury, which apparently now needs an operation. Habib Beye is suffering from a similar ailment, but we heard yesterday, that he will not need an operation but will still be out for up to 3 weeks.
We didn’t even know that Smith was suffering from any injury, so that’s another blow to the squad, although it seems likely that both Martins and Duff may be ready for Saturday, which is some good news at last.
Mark Viduka is also not yet returned from his Achilles trouble, which has now last four months, and he missed the last game of the season at Everton last May, to have an injection, which was thought to be able to clear up the problem.
But we have to admit that Mark is even more injury prone now than ever, since age never helps with these things, and we’ll be lucky to get half a season out of him. We have to think this could be his final season at Newcastle, because the brutal truth is that he doesn’t play enough games to justify his enormous wages.
Alan Smith is now on the fringes of the Newcastle first team, and has not made a first-team appearance this season, but it looks as though he will be ruled out until December because of his Achilles injury.
We hate to keep harping on about this, but injuries and suspensions are already testing our small squad, and the fact the team is now being sold masks the plain fact the Recruitment team didn’t get the job done over the summer.
It now looks like we’ll be struggling until the January transfer window opens, when we can hopefully solidify the squad.
Where we will be in the league, or who will be the manager at that time, is anybody’s guess right now.