The injury list is building up at Newcastle, but that’s hardly surprising with the lads already having played 4 games in just 10 days, and the FA Cup 3rd round is at Stevenage tomorrow afternoon.
Steven Taylor – misses Stevenage game with hamstring problem
Steven Taylor was replaced at half-time of Wednesday’s 5-0 hammering of West Ham, and at first we thought that was tactical, but in fact he picked up a hamstring injury in the first half.
It now looks like Steven will miss the game tomorrow, but of course Mike Williamson will be able to come in and get another game under his belt.
Cheick Tiote also has a hamstring injury, and hat-trick hero Leon Best has taken a knock on his heel, but it appears that Best will be ready to line up at Stevenage tomorrow.
Other injury problems are with Andy Carroll (hamstring), who has been sent off to Dubai for a sunshine break, Shola Ameobi (ankle – and not a hamstring for once), full-back Ryan Taylor (ankle) and defender Sol Campbell (leg).
It’s getting to be a long list of injuries, but surely we should still be able to field a side that can get the win at Stevenage tomorrow afternoon.
This is what Alan said about the injury concerns today:
“Most of our midfield and defenders are going to be OK, with Steven Taylor probably being the biggest doubt,”
“It is the strikers that is the worry, because obviously we have lost Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll.”
“We cannot afford to lose another player.” “I’m worried about this game – not just for the result, but also the safety of my players.”
“This is the end of a cycle of games where it is our fifth in 14 days or something like that, and yet later in the program it opens up a little bit and you’ve got lots of rest.”
If Chris Hughton had still been at the club, he would have given some of the youngsters and fringe players a game, but it looks like Alan wants to field a strong side in the FA Cup this year.
It will be interesting to see what the team is tomorrow, but Pardew will probably field the strongest eleven he can – given all the injuries the club has at present.