Newcastle Medical Staff Are Woeful

We thought this yesterday – that if Oba Martins needs a hernia operation how come we only know that over 3 weeks after Oba sustained the injury?


Oba Martins – out for 3.5 weeks and only now needs operation?

And Martins’ agent, Dapo Kujore, today has criticized the Newcastle medical staff as being woeful.

Dapo Kujore has claimed his client would be fit already if Newcastle’s medical staff had identified his hernia injury earlier:

“The Newcastle medical staff are woeful,” “Oba has been having this problem on and off and they failed to spot it.”

“It was only when he went to Italy that the correct diagnosis was made, and he will have the operation this week.”

“Look at the entire team.”  (Mark) Viduka is injured, Alan Smith is injured, Nicky Butt is injured, and so many players.”

” Even when (Alan) Shearer was playing, how many times did he end up on the treatment table?”

There is something wrong somewhere, with the fact Newcastle are nearly always worse off with injuries than other Premier League teams.

It was a huge problem when both Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder were managing the club and now Joe Kinnear has had similar problems in his short time managing the club.

And it doesn’t help either that our squad is so small. Aston Villa have a small squad, but have had few injuries this season and are now 4th top of the league.

It’s something the club should look into – and we’ve been saying this for years – but nothing seems to be done, although Souness made an attempt to get to the bottom of the problem back in 2005.

There’s got to be some reason somewhere why we continue to have more injuries than any other club – and that’s the case almost every season.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Darling27

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1


  • Angryman the Angry Fan

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    The whole Managment set up is W@@K!!

  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #3

    It really makes you think the investment should be there to get a top notch medical team as well as better training facilities, which would save us loads in the future. If we had everyone fully fit, it would be quite hard to suggest our squad was all that short, the problem is we get too many injuries.

  • samthecat

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #4

    About time this was said-our injury record is appalling.

  • Wholesale changes needed at the club,the players,all staff,owner,management,end of story.

    I bet even the tea ladies make a crap brew.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Thats a question that has be asked so many times.

    The Acillies injuries seem to be the main niggle, if you can call it that!

    So what is going on at thattraining ground?

  • Angryman the Angry Fan

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Is it ACTUALLY poor medical staff or is it players are so disenchanted with the place the motivation to get their arses up for their 100k a week is not there………..they get paid anyway!!!!

    Just a thought……………..

  • TooKing

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    He may be up to something here…..could this be why we are always injured for the last 4 years. ?

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    This is something we have all known for years and just quietly accepted it……..we shouldnt have and well done Oba’s agent for standing his ground and speaking out about his.

    Add it to your very long list Ashley of little jobs that NEED SORTING OUT.

  • Ed in the Ameobi article he says

    “Getting fit and playing games is all I wanted to do,” “It had been a while since I was able to do that.” “I had to prove what I could do.”

    “But it’s testament to the physios and medical staff for the work they’ve done for me.”

    He has been set up to say that as the club knew Martins agent was going to hit the roof.


  • The Alchemist

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Should have kept some of big sam’s medical staff. A years wages for the whole team probably cost less than a combined weeks wage for Owen, duff, viduka and smith.
    I can barely even look at SSN anymore its just too depressing. Why doesn’t Ashley release some funds FFS. We are becoming an even bigger joke!

  • fostino

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    what was all this talk about daniel craig on the blog this morning about signing someone?? was this the SSN D.Craig or our very own D.Craig blogger that said this? i hope he didnt mean the ameobi signing???

  • tyneside tommo

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Good objective reporting, Ed. This should trigger the usual one-sided rants.

  • fostino

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #14

    * david craig

  • Boater

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Alchemist…. our medical record wasn’t much better under Allardyce and his team of witch doctors and astrologists I seem to recall..

    Since Dalgliesh we have had unbelievable luck with injuries… maybe there is something behind it all… Souness thought it was the training facilities eh, Allardyce thought it was rushing players back.

  • Xisco Stu

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #16

    I wonder how long it would take to diagnose a broken leg? 1 month? 3 months? A year?!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Another joke as far as I am concerned. What can you do !!!!

    Another season of watching the foot of the table and medeocre football hey ho !

    Welcome to toon life !!!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Lets face it – you have to be born a toon supporter because you would not choose this soap opera would you ? lol

    On a more optimistic note, does anyone have any gut feeling for Saturday ?

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #19

    BAG – I have a gut feeling. It’s akin to having the trots. Not pleasant.

  • neeraj

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #20

    born again geordie

    i think sat game could determine our position in table…..

    i am looking forward to the game, not coz we are superior to west ham, but i know for a fact that players like godsmark, lua lua and kadar can make their start

  • bruTOOOON

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #21

    we can bring in new 40 players to the club and i can bet that every single 40 players will at least got one injury in a year period


    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Pathetic headline
    loser mentality
    Get a F**king grip.

  • Rich

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23

    even the beer is watered down piss.

  • Micky Toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Wasn’t the old training ground at fault? I remember the players complaining that the pitch was too hard and that was why they were picking up so many injuries in training? It’s also been reported that the boots that players wear these days contribute a lot to their injuries. The leather is thinner and softer to make the boots lighter and a lot of players wear blades instead of studs which aren’t as grippy.
    Another report where quotes are used to suit the agenda. This time we are asked to believe what a players agent says and is reported in the media, next time there will be people saying that agents talk is all bollox and we shouldn’t believe what is in the press!


    Jan 7, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye micky

  • Whumpie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Alchemist – spot on. Boater – actually BSA (and I’m no fan of the bloke) got us from 1st on the Physioroom league (as now) to 2nd-bottom in 3 months.

    Injuries are NOT luck. BSA had personal physios, strict nutrition programmes, calesthenists, compulsory yoga and all manner of complimentary stuff going on. And it worked just as well as it had at Bolton. That was a major factor in how he got to 6th in the premiership with a field-full of antiques.

    We should pretty much copy exactly what he did, because Alchemist is right – it costs less to support that whole staff than to have one crocked player not playing.

  • iain

    Jan 7, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #27

    its hard to argue with obas agent isn’t it


    Jan 7, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #28

    WTF has it got to do with Oba’s agent?

    Hes an agent not his manager, hes probably never even been to the Toon.

  • StevieA

    Jan 7, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Now apparently he might make the game on Saturday!

    Oh you have to laugh..

  • Hamabi

    Jan 7, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #30

    No, I think the real question is: Why are all the bad players never injured, and the good ones are permanently crocked?!

    Bramble and Boumsong almost never managed to miss a single game, alas.


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