The initial news about Habib Beye’s injury is that he will be out for up to six weeks.
Habib Beye – out for up to six weeks – defense weakened
The good news is that it could have been a lot worse than that, with the Newcastle medical staff concerned that it could have been a fracture of Habib’s right leg.
Beye was carried of the field on a stretcher after a terrible tackle from Lee Cattermole, in the 2-1 defeat at Wigan.
Cattermole has been a nightmare for Newcastle this season as he put Joey Barton out for 4 months with another dangerous tackle in mid-November at St. James’ Park.
Beye was rushed to a Wigan hospital yesterday and stayed there over night, while the lads flew back to Newcastle following the game yesterday.
Habib Beye also had an Achilles problem earlier in the season and had unfortunately had an injury strewn season so far.
Now Beye will be out through January, and with Joey Barton out until maybe March, Alan Smith out until February, and our mystery player Igancio Gonzalez out with an Achilles injury though March, Newcastle again have injuries much worse than most Premier League clubs this season – as usual.
The news that Beye will miss most of January is more bad news for manager Joe Kinnear, as he will also be missing Jose Enrique (calf) and Sebastien Bassong, (banned for one game), after the visit to Wigan yesterday.
Steven Taylor, David Edgar and Claudio Cacapa are all available, and we think that Taylor and Edgar could get the call, but our defense will now be weakened against the League leaders tomorrow.
Getting something out of the game tomorrow could be very difficult now – but with the right attitude, dedication and spirit, anything is possible, especially at St. James’ Park.