The injury situation at Newcastle United is due to improve with 3 players due to return to training on 6th October.
Jonas Gutierrez – returns to training this Monday
Jonas Guttierez is the only senior player due to return to training on 6th October, but also youngsters Kazenga LuaLua and Andrew Carroll are due to return to training on the same day.
This is according to the official Premier League injury list kept at Physioroom.com
Newcastle and Sunderland have the most injuries and are top of that particular league with 7 total injuries each. Youngsters LuaLua and Carroll are good enough right now to make the bench, and are two of our brightest youngsters.
Here’s the official injury list:
Player Injury Return Date Martins Cartilage Knee Injury 6th Nov 08 Smith Achilles Tendinopathy Dec 08 Gutierrez Shoulder Injury 6th Oct 08 LuaLua Sprained Ankle 6th Oct 08 Carroll Ankle/Foot Injury 6th Oct 08 Ngo Baheng ACL Knee Injury Jan 09 M Viduka Achilles Tendinopathy 25th Oct 08
Smith and Baheng are long term injuries, and it may even be that Alan Smith has already played his last game for Newcastle, because he is likely to be sold in January, as long as we can get a suitable replacement in his place.
Mark Viduka, who turns 33 on October 9th, is not due back on 25th October, but don’t hold your breath, the 32 year-old has been out since May and when October 25th gets closer, watch for that date to be put back.
Both Mark and Claudio Cacapa have 2 year contracts at Newcastle, with an option for a third year, but we’d be surprised if the club took up their options. Cacapa isn’t good enough and Mark isn’t playing enough, and that’s unlikely to improve with age.
But it will be great to at least get Gutierrez back for the next game after Everton this Sunday, which is a Monday night game against Manchester City on October 18th, KO 8:00 pm at St. James’ Park.
That will give Joe Kinnear plenty of time to get the lads ready, and we can win that game.
We also should know who the new owners are by then too, and maybe who the new permanent manager will be.