The injury situation has become so serious at Newcastle that Joe Kinnear has been forced to almost cancel the training this week, in case the squad picks up even more injuries than they already have.
Joe Kinnear – has limited the training this week
But Kinnear is in no mood for players starting to feel sorry for themselves and he wants to see the lads fight their way out of the trouble we are in – and it’s a good time to start in the FA Cup on Saturday.
But it’s still worrying that Butt and Enrique are doubts for the Hull City game, and of course Habib Beye is now out for a couple of months with his knee injury, so right now neither of our full backs are available..
“I want us to get a bit of the beast back in our performances, certainly in defense,” “We’ve got to be strong again and show a bit of the courage and spirit that we did in the games before Christmas.”
“We’re missing players and it’s killed us, but we’ve got to improve. Yes, injuries left us in tatters, but I expect a better level of performance than the one that we put on against Liverpool.”
Newcastle looked very weak in the air against Liverpool, and also weak on any set pieces. We missed Bassong in the air, and of course we haven’t been as strong in that area since Abdoulaye Faye left us to join Stoke City in August.
“We know at Hull it’s going to be a battle again. I dearly want to stay in the Cup and all the players do too – it’s a real chance for us if we can get through January still in the competition and start getting some of these players back.”
“In terms of injuries we have 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.”
“I won’t know what my team is likely to be until Friday.”
“It’s tough, but it’s my job to keep them all up for it. I won’t slate the players individually, but some of the decisions we made (against Liverpool) were poor decisions and we went through that after the game.”
“Colly (Coloccini) wasn’t happy aerially, so I switched (Steven) Taylor there, but it was just a matter of having to put a whole new back four out there.”
“We’ll be looking for an improvement, whichever team goes out against Hull.”
And of course it was news all over the media yesterday that Kinnear had almost canceled any training in case the lads pick up even more injuries, and so he cut out any contact between his players in training.
Why we get all these injuries every season is beyond us.
“It’s been more or less a case of canceling training and wrapping all of my players up in cotton wool. Then we will see if we can get 11 out for Hull.”
We can bounce back on Saturday if the lads can get back to playing well again, and get the win.
Hull City are on a bad run of form right now, and we should be able to get some kind of result at the KC Stadium, to start the year on an upbeat note.