We have been hard hit once again by injuries to our squad, and it’s not the first time we seem to have more injuries than other Premier League teams.
Joe Kinnear – too many injuries
But on the bright side of things, it will also gives Joe Kinnear a good case for reinforcements in the January transfer window.
Joe doesn’t seem to know how much transfer funds are available, which isn’t particularly a good sign, but if we can even get loan players in that’s better than nothing.
Joe talked about the injuries today:
“It’s sickening that all the recent injuries have come in midfield,” “We’ve lost Damien Duff, Butt, Barton and now Guthrie and you can’t legislate for that as a manager, not all those players missing at the same time.”
“Joey has absolutely no chance of playing against Portsmouth, he won’t be back for a few weeks yet, but looking ahead to Sunday we’ll probably have Butt and Guthrie back and maybe, just maybe, Duff as well.”
“We have some quality players in the squad, but we have a small squad and injuries and suspensions hurt us,” “Hopefully we will be able to address that in January in the transfer market and we’ll get some better luck on the injury front because it’s been cruel to us recently.”
“There will be money available, it’s just a question of how much.” “I’m still very confident we will not be relegated at the end of the season, but we also know it’s going to be tough for us if we do not strengthen the squad and start getting players back from injury.”
As we have mentioned a few times recently, January is shaping up as a critical month for the club, and Mike Ashley can at least show his good will to fans, even if he never speaks to them, by helping Joe strengthen the squad, even if it means selling some of our fringe players.