The bad news on Saturday was that both of Newcastle’s top young defenders Steven Taylor and Sebastien Bassong were injured during the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal.
Taylor – blood and guts display from the local lad again on Saturday
While there is no official news yet from the club as to whether they will be available for the Chelsea game, it hardly looks good with Steven leaving the ground on crutches on Saturday evening.
Steven has ankle ligament damage, much like Michael Owen suffered at Manchester City, and Steven will need a scan today, but the initial prognosis is not good.
The England U-21 captain has pulled out of the squad for the friendly in Norway on Friday, and will also miss the game with France on March 31. Steven will obviously be undergoing treatment for the next few weeks, to get him back playing again for the Magpies.
Bassong will also face a scan on his injured groin, and must also now be a major doubt for the game against Chelsea. 🙁
A close friend of the pair told the Evening Chronicle today:
“They are totally gutted about it, both at having to come off during the game and the prospect of missing the Chelsea match. They just want to play their part.”
We would like more of Newcastle’s players to start playing their part in the survival of the club this season, but to have these two youngsters, who are doing more than most players, to now get injured, is very hard to take.
Both Steven and Bassong got warm applause from the Newcastle crowd when they had to leave the game on Saturday, and hopefully that would not have gone unnoticed by the French defender. We are hoping Seb will pledge his future to Newcastle, wherever we end up next season. We are told that Arsenal are interested in the player, and Arsene Wenger must have liked what he saw in the first half from the youngster.
But it’s starting to look like everything is conspiring against the Newcastle club this season – and we need some luck – maybe like Chelsea scoring two own goals for us in our next game, and we may even get 3 points if that happens. 😀
We’ll just need to keep out fingers crossed but one good thing is that Habib Beye is now back, and looked good when he cam eon and we know Habib is ready for the fight, and may be deployed at center-back against Chelsea.
We’d like to see Geremi ar right back – he’s never been played there much at Newcastle, but he can do a job for us there against his former club.
What do you think?
Comments very welcome.
Read Ed’s new report on the 3-1 home defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, in his News of The World Column.