Newcastle Injuries and Suspensions Mounting


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.

Comments welcome.



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36 comments so far

  • carl

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    well smith out aint bad, hopefully shola will injure himself too! no but tbh ,it is a joke,and this is proof that our squad is dangerously thin.

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  • ronaldeano

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    I said this on a previous board……..We are desperate for 3 points on Saturday. People are saying its going to be a relegation fight for us? there is 34 games left!

    Putting aside our problems off the field, we have some very good players, too good for a relegation fight.

    West ham are without Ashton at the weekend so thats a plus, if we get Martins and Duff back i recon we have a good chance at winning the game, it would keep the gutter press off our backs for a while

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  • Beatski

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    it is worrying how our squad is already scraping the barrel this early into the season.

    and how early do you get up Ed? jeezus.
    It’s still gotta be the middle of the night in america

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  • irish_al

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Ten injured players

    Top of the league of physioroom.com

    H Beye Achilles Tendinopathy 20th Sep 08
    A Smith Achilles Tendinopathy Dec 09
    J Gutierrez Shoulder Injury 5th Oct 08
    J Enrique Hamstring Injury 27th Sep 08
    D Duff Knee Injury 27th Sep 08
    O Martins Groin Strain 20th Sep 08
    K LuaLua Sprained Ankle 5th Oct 08
    A Carroll Ankle/Foot Injury 27th Sep 08
    W Ngo Baheng ACL Knee Injury Jan 09
    M Viduka Achilles Tendinopathy 25th Oct 08

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  • irish_al

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    add to that barton and guthrie are suspended

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    way half of them should be back by next weekend so it’s not too bad.

    Not good mind but lets try and look on the bright side.

    I think we’re going to see a real response from the players this weekend. Hopefully they’ll be able to concentrate on events on the pitch with minimal protests in the stands.

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  • graemer

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    This predicament has been brought about by Ashley – anybody with any sense could see that we needed to strengthen the squad – instead fat boy sell any one for a profit and then wonders why we turned against hte money grabbing git.

    Empty ground against Spurs may focuss his attention on getting out – and dont bother with the “Im going to support the team” crap.

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  • irish_al

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    the game is away isn’t it?

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  • craig chisholm

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    ha ha ha ed, strenghthen in january. dont make me laugh. these shithead could not strengthen in the whole ofthe summer, they only weakend alot in numbers forthe sake of making good profit on the books. they will spend nowt in jan.

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  • Magpie Neil

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    We better win on Saturday! I will be at the game (in with the West Ham fans unfortunately as my friend who is a hammer got the tickets!)

    Hope I can contain myself when Martins completes his hat trick in the first half!

    Here’s hoping!

    TOON TOON BLACK N WHITE ARMY!!

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  • graemer

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    If FAgan takes legal action against our scally thug, then its the club as his employer that will bear the brunt of any claim. Just gets better and better !!

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  • irish_al

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    shame we didn’t sell smith and barton and keep milner

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  • keep oba

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    so….are we relegated yet?

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  • hitman

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    if fagan sues,there goes our transfer budget for january..

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  • Irish John

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Things are so bleek at the moment . This has got to be one off the worst periods ever being a soporter…

    Ashley needs to lower he’s asking price..The guy is a kn*b ..He said he was’nt in it to make money and now he’s looking for nearly twice what he paid for it…The club is worth a penny more than 260mil…..The longer this shite goes on the more games were going to lose…simple as

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  • graemer

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16

    keep-oba

    What do you think – exEMO to walk for free. Oba to lead the way in the January window !!!

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  • keep oba

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #17

    well…at least we aren’t tottenham

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  • keep oba

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    eh…i made this name about may of last year soon after this site started, and everyday every paper had us selling Oba to Arsenal….

    at this point all i want is jonas and coloccini and shay and the whole lot could be sold.

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 18, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #20

    I hate to say it, but the one thing I think Sam Allerdyce did really well was get our team’s reslience up. He took us from the top of the Physioroom table to the bottom in a few months.

    Nutritionists, yoga, personal conditioning specialists – yep, it was a lot of bodies, but money very well spent. It’s one bit of BSA’s legacy we should have held on to.

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  • Nacho Man

    Sep 18, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #21

    crist will we have a team for saturday. at this rate we wont. team will be:

    GK – Given
    DR – Geremi
    DL – Bassong
    DC – Taylor
    DC – Coloccini
    ML – Zog
    MR – Gonzalez
    MC – Butt
    FC – Martins (if fit) or Danquah
    FC – Owen
    FC – Xisco

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 18, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #22

    Whumpie – the theory was great, all of that technology and forward-thinking etc but when it came to the results on the pitch I thought we always looked sluggish and stale until Allardyce went.

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  • Nacho Man

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #23

    H Beye Achilles Tendinopathy 20th Sep 08
    A Smith Achilles Tendinopathy Dec 09
    J Gutierrez Shoulder Injury 5th Oct 08
    J Enrique Hamstring Injury 27th Sep 08
    D Duff Knee Injury 27th Sep 08
    O Martins Groin Strain 20th Sep 08
    K LuaLua Sprained Ankle 5th Oct 08
    A Carroll Ankle/Foot Injury 27th Sep 08
    W Ngo Baheng ACL Knee Injury Jan 09
    M Viduka Achilles Tendinopathy 25th Oct 08

    we are temporarily screwed

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  • Nacho Man

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    why cant ameobi be onn the list. shit!!!!

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  • neeraj

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #25

    lets do a turkey on west ham

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Harper in goal, he lets fewer goals in.

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  • once a team

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #27

    I love how ur adding reserves as injuries to make up excuses…can u plz just go down to the championship where u belong comon this league is to ruff for ur average players comon im being serious u wont get 11th this season hahaha i love this club we need this club for the easy 6 pts comon 🙁

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Alan Smith injured?

    What do i say to that? Thank God or I couldn’t care less, both.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #29

    smith, injury?
    injury to smith=blessing.

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  • daydeburt

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #30

    wise and ashleys fault.
    squad to thin.
    ’nuff said

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Sep 18, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Or,
    KK, wise & ashley’s fault, for not agreeing?

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  • bruTOOOON

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #32

    i don’t care about smith injury…the longer the better for our team. its better we play our youngster rather than playing smith+ameobi together

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  • lesh

    Sep 18, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #33

    I seem to remember a certain former mangager saying quite loudly that the squad was thin and needed strengthened.

    MA – “I know, employ an Executive Director (Football) to deal with recruitment”

    ED(F) – “It’s OK Kevin, I’ll sort this mess out – gimme your wish list”

    A job well done…….

    Dear knows how many players shipped out, good kids and some seniors brought in. We still need a left back and a defender and…..

    Sorry, I may be miossing something but why has Ashley been so blind?

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  • BILLY-B

    Sep 18, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Smith out for three months – some good news at last

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  • briss

    Sep 18, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #35

    what we need to do is focus on football get the results we need, simple enough. if we can survive this season in the prem considering the circumstances we are faced right now i will be content.

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  • sony.tw

    Sep 19, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #36

    oh i am supporting such a legendary club that has fans saying “good to see … injured”
    lovely

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