With Newcastle United again having huge injury problems this season it turns out that Joe Kinnear has almost canceled the training this week.
Nicky Butt – doubtful for Saturday
Kinnear, probably wisely, has trimmed down the amount of training the lads are getting, just in case others get injured, that’s how thin our squad is right now.
Jose Enrique, Nicky Butt and Shola Ameobi are all doubtful for the Saturday game at Hull City in spite of playing in the debacle last Sunday, when Liverpool showed Newcastle fans that our team has a long long way to go – but we kind of already knew that.
Joe has almost canceled regular training and he talked about this today:
“It’s been more or less a case of canceling training and wrapping all my players up in cotton wool, and then we’ll see if we can get 11 out for Hull,”
“It’s tough, but it’s my job to keep them all up for it. I have to face it, and it’s my job to lift whoever’s fit to play.”
Joe will wait until at least Friday to see what the likely starting eleven will be, when Butt, Enrique and Ameobi will have their fitness tests.
“In terms of injuries, we’ve gone backwards since I arrived here.”“We didn’t have any full-backs to begin with, and now we are back to that, with Habib out for two months and Enrique struggling.”
“We have several injuries we’re sweating on, and the pain in the neck is that I won’t know what my team is likely to be until Friday.”
“Obviously, we want a decent cup run, and we’re up for Hull, but it’s dependent on which players we have.”
“With Viduka, Martins and Shola injured at the minute, we have just Michael Owen and Andy Carroll to go with up top.”
We don’t want to sound like a broken record, but maybe Joe can look into why Newcastle seem to have so many more injuries than other Premier teams over the last several seasons.
There’s got to be areason for it, and it at least seems worth the effort.