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.
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.