One of the things that will determine whether we can get promoted come May is injuries to our major players.
Steven Taylor – no official word on his knee injury
And we are still awaiting news from the club on the status of Steven Taylor’s knee injury.
There was a report on Friday in the Times, indicating they thought that Steve had knee ligament damage, and could be out for the rest of the season.
We really hope that’s not true, since it would be a huge blow to Newcastle’s chances of promotion.
And of course Shola Ameobi injured his shoulder during the tragic game against WBA on Saturday – and if we could have won that game we would have been facing Reading away in the 5th round – a winnable game.
But hey, that’s behind us now – and we have to move ahead, and move ahead positively – because there’s no reason why the team we have cannot get automatic promotion – none at all. We just need our fair share of luck.
And official captain Nicky Butt is also injured, feeling a tightness in his calf in the build-up to Saturday’s game, and Hughton’s sensible policy this season of not risking players who are even slightly injured, went into effect.
Chris has done a good job of keeping the injuries under control, but there’s only so much you can do.
The big worry is Steven Taylor of course, and he injured his knee in the 2-2 league draw with WBA at St.James’ Park last Monday.
Manager Chris Hughton told the official site today:
“Steven tweaked his knee against West Brom and we’ll learn more this week on the extent of that one.”
“Shola landing awkwardly on his shoulder at West Brom and he’s another one we’ll assess, but we don’t think it’s anything major.”
“Butty felt his calf before the West Brom game and we’ll know more about him later today.”
The way things are, if Steven is only out a matter of weeks, that will be seen as good news, but it’s very important the club bring in an experienced center-half before next Monday – very important indeed.