Newcastle Crippled By Injuries – What’s New?


It is well documented that we have again been crippled by injuries this season, and for today’s game we had 7 senior players unavailable through injury, with Nicky Butt out suspended for one game, for picking up his 5th yellow card last Saturday.

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Joe Kinnear – not the first Newcastle manager crippled by squad injuries


Those players injured are  Ameobi, Barton, Gonzalez, Martins, Beye, Smith and Cacapa.

And over the last several seasons we have had more than our fair share of injuries so when September came around and we hadn’t brought enough players in.

But of course that was our own fault, and some terrible execution during the last transfer window. And it was rather obvious we would struggle again with injuries because of the still small squad and the resulting lack of quality.

So we now have a chance to strengthen the squad in January, and yes we know it’s not easy and all that, but our Premier league survival literally depends on it.

We also need to somehow get our unfit players playing again, as soon as possible, and somehow try to ensure they don’t pick up injuries during training, although not sure exactly how we do that.

Hughton said after the game today:

“We have got a lot of injuries at the moment. Perhaps we are not able to make changes that we would like to.”

“Last week, Hull City were able to make four or five changes, with strong players part of their squad.”

“We in some areas aren’t able to do that, but we are hopeful that in the next few weeks we will get some back.”

The excuse is running thin, and it should not exist come February – and the signs are good that we’ll be bring in Peter Lovenkrands early next week on a free transfer, and maybe even a couple of players from Glasgow Rangers too – but we need one or two to come in now to give us some momentum in the transfer market.

If we can increase our squad by 4-5 good players in January, we’ll be in so much better shape.

Howay The Lads!!

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188 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #1

    ED- you missed Viduka

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 10, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #2

    comment 1 is not me so stop trying to undermine my status on this blog take your dirty website somewhere else because they are not wanted

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #3

    comment 4 is not me

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Tom_Toon

    It’s been happening to me all day as well and the worse thing is people believe it and think that it’s you.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #5

    comment 6 is not me

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #6

    shit first i started the whole wall virginity thing and everyone got on my back now i’m gonna get way more crap if everyone keeps posting the whole ihatekaty malarky. look images 50-55 and no 12 are sweet but all others are a waste of time and the vid is a rick roll. leave it out lads. she is well fit though!!

    ps loving this whole tom toon who’s who thing. ahahahaha

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t wait for the new log in system. Might as well make the most the time you have left moron cos come monday you will only have your little willy to play with unless your mammy got you some good toys for Xmas.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #8

    oh whats this log on system then?

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Tom_Toon

    I was responding to you on the other page before but if your here now i was saying that Ed emailed me today to say that the log in and account system will be up early next week. He’s almost done now just a few little snags to sort out and then it will be up and running.

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  • Ally

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #10

    whats this log in system Dan157

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #11

    cooldj

    You’ll need a username and password to post comments. Just so idiots cannot use any name they want each time which lets them duplicate other peoples regular names.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #12

    alrite ally-did you get the 77 in the end?

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  • WHATS IT ALL ABOUT

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #13

    ITS NOT THAT MUCH OF AN EXCUSE TO SAY HALF THE TEAM INJURED—- AS SMITH, CAPACA, AMEOBI,VIDUKA AND GONZALEZ ARE CRAP, AND WOULDNT BE IST ON THE TEAM SHEET ANYWAY. THE TRUTH IS THAT WE HAVE NO QUALITY BACK-UP PLAYERS–JUST INJURED DROSS.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #14

    It should be up by Tuesday at the latest, Hopefully Monday though.

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  • Ally

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #15

    aye mate got there! pretty impressed you were right like the best ones are about 50-55!

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #16

    lol i’m gonna be on all day monday and tues so i can get tom_toon 🙂

    only joking pal

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  • Cooper

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #17

    ^ for christs sake man just do one

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  • ShAkA

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Let just hope we get some new players…3-4 new players wit quality will do…we always ravage wit injuries, can anyone in d NUFC camp do anything?review our MEDICAL TEAM??INJURIES is not sumthing new wit NUFC…

    MA must spend some $ to ensure safety… JFK has done a good job n hopefully NUFC will b in d top 7 at d end of d season…bring back d european matches so we can hav sumthing to cheer…

    I want to c XISCO play…let hime play n show us wat he really can do…

    Is there any TOON ARMY hardcore fan out there in ASIA, particulary BRUNEI??Contact me at MirulAdi@hotmail.com

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  • cooldj

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #19

    reckon it was fake too. probs some wanna be model or porn star. very clever it was real cos just look how many hits it would have got today for nufcblog readers!

    haha next thing will be ed appeling for some hits at the bottom of one of his articles 🙂

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Comment 15 – Nice to see your making the most of the time you have left acting like an arse, so what are you going to do after monday then, play with your little willy when the editor has found a way to stop your favourite pastime.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Anyone hoping spurs get beat tomorrow so they say in the bottom 3. It’s strange though if they win they go above us, and we are 11th.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #22

    *stay in the bottom 3

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  • Ally

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #23

    yeah Dan i want spurs to get beat

    did anyone hear paul merson on Soccer Saturday saying he though spurs are a good bet for the drop he he

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  • Ally

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #24

    *thought

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Who is this Katy girl that you are so desperate to make sure that we see her arse. OOO how rude. They have to be at least 11 year old who is sending that.

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  • toony soprano

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #26

    As great as Shearer was ,does anyone think that Andy Cole in the first season in the EPl was the most leathal striker we have had?

    I know we played some slick footy but you always felt that he would score sooner or later

    MOTD reckon Micky O has 26 goals in 50 starts for NUFC- i have changed my opinion in the fact that he is the only player we have right now who enures we score goals. Who else regularly will do it between now and the end of the season?

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #27

    Spurs’ next 2 games after Wigan are winnable with Portsmouth and Stoke but then they have a tought run, like us their season is on a knife edge and could go either way. If we do not bring players in then we are serious relegation candidates for the rest of the season as i think todays match proved. We are incapableat the moment of putting a winning streak of 3 games together which is what it takes to get out of the mess which is the bottom half.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #28

    In the league, yea.

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  • tanya toon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Dan before that new york mong starts again, I am from near Morpeth not USA. Re question last night. Lads everyone knows you are ok. Its not tom or dan or spyro, 3 of the main players are getting the stick. I got it last night with a few others. I just wonder Ryan goes awol and ed speed. It is not that tit ao for sure. Its a semi illeterate, thats why I thought of those two as they can’t spell either.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #30

    toony soprano

    No one that we have. That is why it’s vital we keep him till the end of the season just like it is with N’Zogbia who should of been from the start today. I think if he was then we would of won that game. I wouldn’t be surprised if Geremi has played hi last game for us, he was absolutely woeful.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #31

    tanya toon

    It will not be able to happen after Monday/Tuesday anyway with the new log in thing that Ed is going to put on.

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  • toony soprano

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Tanya – Your fella in the scatcher yet???

    Did you watch on Talaban TV or go to the match?

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  • tanya toon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Dan jk selecting Geremi instead of the little shi- cost us 2 points. Hope you are right about geremi, he is appalling.

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  • toony soprano

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #34

    Dan, that Katy bird was worth a look though!!

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #35

    tanya toon

    I think putting N’Zogbia on the bench was more out of punishment for his comments during the week but your right it cost us. I have to admit though i am disappointed with Zog he gave more in 30 seconds than Geremi did in 55 mins. We have a major problem coming up though with the midweek cup game and then Blackburn 3 days later who never played today and so will have had a 2 week break, just like Wigan got before they played us. That and the injuries we have makes this next week very hard.

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  • Dan157

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #36

    toony soprano

    Not when you have got members of your family in the room.

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  • tanya toon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #37

    Dan it has been too long coming, Rangers website follow follow has used it for years. On the subject of rangers, I can confirm the following Ferguson is finished, lovenkrands is [proper shi-e) from schalke. He is like Alan O’Brien all pace and well nowt.

    Toony he is not back yet luv, tw-t phoned before to say he fell asleep on the bus. Never heard music like that on a bus!

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  • M.Stockley

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #38

    apparently pompey are close to signing edu (former arsenal mid) why arnt we going for him, ive always rated him

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  • tanya toon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #39

    Dan re 37 totally agree about the reason , but it is us he punished not him!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #40

    M.Stockley – True he was a great player, but he is unbelievably injury prone.

    By the way lads, all the previous comments on this thread before this one aren’t me.

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