Initial Prognosis On Bassong, Taylor Unlikely To Be Good

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.

26 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed – your probably spot on with the back four line up – I worry about Geremi being able to keep on ashley cole’s pace and Colo is looking more shakey every game -lets hope he can team up with Habib.

    Beye got a rapturous applause when he came on. You could tell he had been out of it for a while, but what a game to return to!

    If we aint gonna get owt from Chelski – I want to at least us it as a warm up match for Stoke away.

    Terry, Lampard and Cole to get knacked on international duty – too much to ask for.

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Losing Taylor and Bassong for the long term would send us down. Taylor has been in good form of late and Bassong is our most consistent player.

    Taylor has scored a few points with me recently with the effort and commitment he’s shown and he’s one of our most attack-minded players.

    Why is it whenever we get back to full strength we lose 2 or 3 key players!?

  • hitman

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    stick a folk in the toon were done.:(

  • TheToonKing

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Bassong should be ready for Chelsea and Taylor missing should not be a problem with Beye back…although Setvie has been a hero a recent matches.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Taylor is overrated anyway, let Beye play there and bring in Cacapa to partner Coloccini.

    No big crisis, but for the Chelsea game our best player Jonas should play. Madness to leave him out!

  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Can anybody tell me the last time we beat a top 4 team? How many points have we taken from them out of say the last 60? I ain’t many. We are consistently poor. You can’t underperform for three years. Its called being a relegation team.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Cascapa is terrible. Edgar or geremi at right back and moce beye to central defense with Colo with Enrique on the wing

  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Can anybody tell me why Hughton with 3 points out of 30 at a critical time of the season is getting such an easy ride? Havewe been grond into the dust?

  • Its Liverpool at home when Roeder was in charge. We won 2-1 Nobby Solano penalty for the winner! 😀

  • damostoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Jimiley ur spot on , he £ucked us when Keagan left and got away with it, he should sorted out sooner rather than later,,,off de subject a bit ,,when is Ignaco Gonzales back (how ever u spell de name)

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Chris been talking again. Ive heard this before earlier in the season:,,10278~1599937,00.html

  • workyticket

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #12

    We are so full of hatred and self pity, it’s pathetic. It’s no wonder that we’re such figures of fun.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #13

    When you’re down you should be with self pity, worky 😉

    Team for Chelsea:
    Krul; Beye, Colo, Cacapa, Enrique; Jonas, Nolan, Guthrie, Duff; Martins and Owen.

    1p, goals from Nolan and Anelka.

  • Nick 69

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #14

    we cud really do without losing these 2 right now, bassong been our most consisten player this season and taylor has been a hero lately with his passion and commitment, those few last ditch blocks against arsenal showed his commitment to the cause. hope all u haters on here give him the credit he deserves cos it wud of been 5/6-1 without tayls on sat. bassong and taylor shud be our central defensive partnership when they resume fitness cos coloccini is getting worse and worse every match

  • Nick 69

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #15

    team for chelsea:


    r.taylor beye colo enrique

    jonas nolan butt lovenkrands


  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Jan – Anelka is crocked and wont be back for about 3 weeks so chances are its gonna be Drogba.

  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #17

    I hear Hughton is not panicking. Has anybody told him the ship’s bridge is full of water and the captain is taking in great lungfulls of water. The ship is going under. He should be panicking because he is about to drown!!!. Muppet. Most incompetent manager we have EVER had and we’ve had a few! Still, it will be nice to see MA choking on his pint in front of 20,000 next season.

  • workyticket

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Jim Iley, you must be so popular at parties.

  • Ericles

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Bad news this about Steve and Sebastian. They were really trying to give us some push and get some results. At least we have got Beye back. It matters not cos Hughton will do his best to put the forgettables out against Chelsea. Get some pace Hughton, and while you are at get some sense as well. Lovenkrands, Martins, Owen, Jonas, and Duff should all start. If that means Butt has his butt on the bench so be it!

  • Nick 69

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    jimiley- hughton is not to blame for any of this, hes just doin what hes been told, doing his job. At the end of the day he is not our manager, hes a coach, and MA is the only man who is incompetent here as he is the one who should of gotten a new manager in when JK took bad, hughton is only running the team cos hes been told to by ashley. fair enough some of his selections have been poor and he talks bollox but that is probably the reason why he is a COACH and not manager. MA wants shot with sh*t for the way hes running the club.

  • Stardust

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #21

    workyticket // Mar 23, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    We are so full of hatred and self pity, it’s pathetic. It’s no wonder that we’re such figures of fun

    Spot on fella – I am embarrassed even reading the blog at the mo

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Jan Stavik are you on drugs Cacapa is rubbish along with Collocini if that team played against Chelsea we’d get stuffed. F*ck me you know nowt about football go & watch netball

  • jim

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #23

    nick 69-il second ya team-but with duff squeezed in instead of butt-duffs ran his ass off for us all season…… imo

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully neither is out for more than 2-3 weels so they are back for Stoke.

    We will lose against Chelsea whoever plays so it does not matter there.

  • Toonmania

    Mar 24, 2009 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #25

    no, i don’t think we will lose against chelski, i think we might just squeez a draw, and if any player want’s to take out john terry please do!! i can’t stand the bloke, and would like to see him out of the england team long term

  • jim

    Mar 24, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #26

    So everyone wants us down eh? lets fcukin rub their noses in it WHEN we stay up and rocket from next season! CMAAAAAN !


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