Damien Duff Strains Hamstring And Misses Chelsea Game


This is the International break, and while the senior teams have yet to have their first games on Saturday, it has already proved costly to Newcastle.

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Damien Duff – injures hamstring while training with Ireland  🙁


And that’s because we now hear that Damien Duff will miss next week’s match against Chelsea because he has suffered a hamstring strain in training – would you believe it.

We don’t mind players getting injured in the cause of Newcastle United, but at such a vital time in the season for Newcastle, to have one of our players go out on International duty and be sent home injured after a couple of days is annoying to say the very least.

We had reported last night that the Newcastle winger had flown back to England, and at that time the Irish Football Association had not issued any news on Damien’s status, but it turns out he has suffered a hamstring strain, which has ruled him out of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria on Saturday.

It’s a little diabolical, given that Duff has only just returned to the Newcastle side following a calf injury, and we have to think that sometimes if our players are borderline fit, they just shouldn’t be allowed to go out on International duty, although that’s especially difficult for World Cup qualifiers, we realize that. But who pays these guys their wages?

It’s estimated that Duff will be sidelined for 8 to 10 days, but he has never been a quick healer, and it therefore looks he’s not make the Chelsea game – this is all very frustrating.

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26 comments so far

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Sour grapes Ed! We bought an international therefore we have to expect the worst everytime they leave NUFC.

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  • Kash

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s rubbish, and doesn’t warrant a place ahead of Jonas!

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  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    To be fair shearerbliss, you wouldn’t think he’s an international, the way he’s played for use these past few years.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    No comment.

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  • Bill F

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    I thought he has been our best player in the few games we have had out of him this year. These injuries are killing us.

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  • Kash

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    @Bill – I would rather play Lua Lua, he’s the future, while Duff is gone this Summer

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Another player who can do no right in the eyes of some fans. The only players who seem to get support on here are the ones who aren’t well-known outside of the club yet and/or don’t earn much – it must be some kind of reverse snobbery or sour grapes.

    Duff has played well for us recently, and on occasions has been one of very few players willing to attach defences. Jonas (much though I admire the guy) has been the opposite.

    This is a big blow for us – he’s exactly the sort of player we need against Chelski and Jonas just won’t have the accuracy needed on the last ball to the strikers which will be needed to get past the likes of John Terry.

    I don’t care if Jonas is a good laugh and looks like the ugly brother of My Little Pony. He’s been utterly pony recently.

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  • Bill F

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Kash, well that aint going to happen for the next month at least. 🙁

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    we need every player fit in these times but weve got a class player in jonas to replace him 😉

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  • Sav

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Duff is our only real attacking midfield outlet now Zog has gone. Jonas is a good ball-carrier but really hasn’t much clue what to do with it when he gets to where it counts. Get well soon, Damo.

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  • shearerbliss

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Can argue with that Ben!

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  • Kash

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Performing for the last few games is just not good enough. His performances while he has been here, have been tripe. Most of our fans have the same view as most of the Chelski fans;

    “Never lived up to his reputation, a mere shadow of his former Blackburn self, a huge dissappointment” – Can’t disagree

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Kash… so you don’t like Duff. Fair enough, it’s a matter of opinion, but I get your point.

    So – who do you play instead?

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  • Ericles

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    What did Hughton say about risking injuries during internationals coming up? True – we have Jonas instead but will Hughton play him? Indeed, will he pick anybody capable of keeping us up?

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  • Kash

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Jonas is best on the Left wing, and links up well with Enrique. they seem to bring the best out in each other. I agree, Jonas final ball is terrible, but Duff’s isn’t that much better.

    I would never put duff on the right, as he always comes inside and kills the space for any of our midfielders to get in the box. It stops players like Nolan bombing ahead into the box, usually causes play to head backwards.

    I would have loved to see Lua Lua been given a game. Regardless of our position, all footballers have to experience pressure at some point. There’s no make or break about it, they can either hack it or not. And I wanted to see if he can hack it.

    So to answer your question, Lua Lua

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  • Macas35

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Even those who dont rate Duff must realise that even on the bench he is an asset due to the size of our squad and lack of quality. As we sold Milner we dont have many, or even any, quality wingers. Ryan Taylor is average at best and I’d have Duff ahead of him anyday.

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 27, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Kash – nice answer.

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  • Kash

    Mar 27, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Are there any business owners commenting or reading on this blog?

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  • batty

    Mar 27, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #19

    7 Whumpie and sav thats what ive said but theres no getting through to some people

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #20

    I dont rate Duff but he is far better than Ryan Taylor on the wing.

    Would’ve been playing Lualua on the right this season though.

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 27, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #21

    I agree that Spiderman (who incidentally may as well be called Chewbacca due to his lack of mask-action) has linked up well with Enrique on the left wing, however, he is more naturally RIGHT-footed.

    I think Enrique may now be old enough to look after himself. Stick Chewbacca on the right wing and watch those accurate crosses fly in – like X-wings to a Death Star!

    GO CHEWY GO CHEWY GO-GO-GO!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Beye and Jonas is also a good combo.

    If they aren’t willing to play Lualua, we desperately need a winger.

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 27, 2009 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Having stuck out my patience with his elder brother Lomana, I can’t help think that the young Kazenga will be equally as erratic in his game.

    …he would be worth a shot for my money at such a critical time though – had he not been loaned out to Donnehh

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyone is an improvement on Taylor n Duff.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 27, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, especially on Duff, but I wouldn’t say either is what I ant in a winger. Both are fairly slow.

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #26

    let all those who disagree with my comments be blessed with the gift of ignorance

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