Good News – Newcastle Injuries Looking A Lot Better

It’s interesting to take a look at Newcastle’s injury list, and the club have 7 players injured and are right now  top of the English Premier League Injury Table at

Ben Arfa – back training in two weeks

Newcastle were nearly always at or near the top as far as injuries in the Premier League, although last year we seemed to get a handle on the injuries and they weren’t so bad, but right now we have 7 players out.

Here’s the official status of the injuries,  with estimating when each player will return to training:

Player       Injury               Return to Training

S Ameobi     Fractured Cheekbone    19th Mar 11
D Gosling    Knee Injury	    15th Feb 11
S Taylor     Hamstring Injury	    no return date
A Smith	     Ankle/Foot Injury	    11th Aug 
S Ireland    Knee Injury	    15th Feb 11
R Taylor     Ankle/Foot Injury	    no return date
Ben Arfa     Broken Leg	            26th Feb 11

The good news is that we’ve been told that Steven Taylor will return to training on Tuesday, and it looks like Stephen Ireland will also return to training early this week.

Newcastle have a game on Tuesday night at Birmingham,  and then the next game is Saturday 26th February, with a game basically every weekend until the end of the season on Sunday, May 22nd, against WBA at home.

The Birmingham game on Tuesday is a make-up game for the postponement of the game last year due to the inclement weather.

The remaining fixture list if good news,  because it means that other players like Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi and Ryan Taylor will not miss too many more games this season.

So we have to think for the home game against Bolton, who beat Everton 2-0 today at th Reebok,  both Steven Taylor and Stephen Ireland will be available, and we half expect Taylor to come in for Williamson in defense, for that important game.

Ben Arfa is due back in training in two weeks time, and that’s more good news, because we know the lad is already very fit, having been training 6 hours a day in France, and he will simply need some practice games under the belt, and  is quite likely to be on the Newcastle subs bench very quickly.

As for Shola Ameobi, we think he should be available for the game following Bolton, which is a home game against Everton on 5th March, and of course he will be playing in his face mask, maybe for the rest of the season, as a precaution against his cheek being injured again.

Dan Gosling is supposed to return this week, but that’s probably too early,  and it may still be 3 to 4 weeks before Dan returns to full training.

Alan Smith is out for the season, and we half expect Alan to be sold in the summer, so he could have already played his last game on Tyneside.

While there is no official return date for Ryan Taylor, we know he’s doing some light training now, and he could return to the team within two to three weeks, and we may need Ryan, because he can score those goals.

Overall, the status of the injuries to Newcastle players is good news, in that they are coming back fairly quickly.

Comments welcome.

96 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #1

    If Ben Arfa comes back and needs a couple of games i.e. reserves. I could imagine that the reserve games will have more fans than the first team games.

  • daneevz

    Feb 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #2

    i cant wait till we get these key players back then hopefully we will see the potential of Newcastle Utd!!!

  • jettson

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #3

    ryan taylor was out warming up before the blackburn game yestrdy, so he must be very close to fitness, how I hope for an injury free seadon at Ncle!!
    yeztrdy showed the increasing need 4 a top quality striker!

  • giimps

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Im afraid the potential for Newcastle united was sold on transfer deadline day for £35m.
    Anyone who thinks otherwise is a mug , for all it is good money, the intent by Cashley to asset strip does not bode well……..time will tell though, I think we`l have enough to survive ,but with a little investment rather than the obvious moneygrabbing could have seen us up the league rather than sliding………again, time will tell.
    Im an optomist but a realist as well, there are worse teams in the leagure than us, we have good players to come back but come the summer, im not sure how many will be still here.

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Ben Arfa back in a Toon shirt, can’t wait!

    TBH, our team with Arfa, Gosling and Ireland available would be pretty special.

    Really hope we get Gervino/Hulk in over the summer.

    We’ve got a good defence, class midfield but for now we’re toothless upfront-either Gervino’s skills or Hulk’s power/technique would be a great addition.

    I honestly reckon even if we do get either of those 2 we’ll need another, not so well known new forward as well to help when we inevitably end up in a similar position next season when injuries hit.

    Connor Whickham maybe?

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Just 1 other thing-anyone else got a strange feeling that Ashley will pocket the cash and put the club up for sale again in the summer?

    Our club will be worth a decent amount with our newly established wage structure, balanced books and hopefully our confirmed premier league status plus a £36 million golden handshake courtesy of our prized asset being pimped!

    It could well happen, trust me.

  • stuart no9

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #7

    apart from alan smith, we could do with all our injured, getting back playing asap.looking at the last 12 games of the season , we need to average a point agame to have a realistic chance of staying in this league.looking at the 9 games AP has been in charge, the future looks bleak. 10 points from a possible 27 is relagation form,so is it our current crop of players are not good enough, ? or is it our manager is inexpedient,personally i would go for the latter. i think we can stay up, (even without a striker) with the players we have got, how ever , it will also take a very good manager to guide us to safety , with the squad we have and that is where we will fail . there are a couple of games i can see 3 points, acouple of draws , but i think there are also a good few defeats, maybe 1 to many 12 points seems out of AP s capabilitys

  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #8

    giimps giimps giimps

    i think it’s time to move on, no?

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #9


    Wot u on about?

  • youngtoonfan

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m sorry but there is no chance Hulk will come to our club when there is interest from tottenham, liverpool etc. However, we have a good chance of buying Gervinho.

  • mylestoon

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Disagree that were not good enough to stay up. We’ve already shown with a week squad we can hold our own. Once our injured players are back I can see us taking another 15 points from this season, maybe more. Were playing well.


  • bills-son

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #12

    giimps – when will the likes of you stop making idiotic statements that MA has ‘asset stripped’ ‘milked money’ out of the club etc., et.?

    We were nearly BANKRUPT when he bought us from the Halls and Shepherds who took massive dividend payments out of the gate receipts and sponsorship. If anyone milked and asset stripped it was that lot.

    MA has put in £286M of his own cash to bail us out – in unsecured loans – and whilst he might be many things he aint an asset stripper.

    £35M for AC was daft money that had to be taken – spent well we’ll end up with a better team. I’ve said a few times on this blog that I think MA will give Pardew that money to spend in the summer. I bet I’m right.


    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #13

    The good thing about HBA is he can play up front and with easy, thus helping us down the stretch of the final 3-4 games. I dont see him back any sooner than that… we must win the next 2 games.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Agree with mattyNUFC and bills-son. Even if we had Carroll still here he wouldn’t have been fit.

    Can anyone remember which strikers we played against Arsenal? Did we score against them?

  • balubas1

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Bills son.
    Thnx for stating som facts for the unblessed.
    Im not a fan of ashley, but lying about him isnt helping this club at all

  • baro

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Why is it that we always have the most injured players out there in the league? Its always us. We really need the playes back to being 100% fit especially Hatem Ben Arfa, who is just Brilliant!

    Next month….




    Ireland……………………………………….Ben Arfa


  • ballerfan2

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Leave Giiiiiiimps alone – he’s an “optomist” you know.

  • stuart no9

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #18

    bills-son @12
    ” i bet im right” is that an invitation for a wager m8 ?

  • g3ordos

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #19

    We were so close to getting stuttgart on loan on January… Looks class now he’s getting games… We should either get hin close season and a big lad or give nile the same opportunity and see what return he gets

  • g3ordos

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Bloody predictive text… Should read sturridge!!!

  • AndyE93

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #21

    I was thinking there g3ordos that probably would have improved our squad a little. Perch wouldn’t even make the reserves!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Ashley is fat robbing greedy Cock a nee barsteward!

    He’s took a shit load of my money and give me nowt back!

    He’s done areet though in the last 6 transfer windows!!

    Oh and those who still think he is good for our club, let me know what exactly he has done for this club!! We were told the club was almost bankrupt when he took over and he had to pay all the debts? He reckons he didn’t do due diligence!! Pmsl and people are still taking this proven liars word as gospel!!

    The club was not in as bad a state as he let on, he did do due diligence, but used it as an excuse for not spending any bit, without making a profit first! A good balance sheet makes him money in his share divis! That’s all he is interested in!! The team? He couldn’t give a shite!!

    Prove me wrong, coz you lot know just as much as me as what really happens at Nufc!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #23


    we’re stuck with useless smith on 60K a week till his contract is up in 2012

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #24


    Ashley = a git but we still have a club

    Shepherd = a git and we would probably have lost our club.

  • bills-son

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #25

    stuart no9
    ” i bet im right” is that an invitation for a wager m8 ?

    Yep – a credibility wager. I’ll come on here and eat humble pie if MA doesn’t give AP at least £25M to spend in the summer – as long as we don’t get relegated (god forbid).

    Here’s one that will make many on here spit feathers – I believe that MA has got a burning desire to make NUFC a financially stable, successful club and that he will prove to be one of the best owners in the Premier.

    He is currently juggling a massive – and extremely risky – personal investment of £286M with a desire to stay competitive in the Premier, maintain our status and move forward. Unless he gets a ridiculous offer to sell I reckon he is committed for the long term, has a plan and is going to stick to it no matter what.

    He is either a stupid fool as many think – or a brave clever businessman who is learning the football ropes fast. I think the latter.

  • nobby62

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Hey GEORDIEDAN, i`ve been thinking along the same lines as you for a few weeks and i heard a football financial expert on the radio saying Newcastle would be a great buy for somebody at the moment, no debt, still great attendances, wage cap on staff, the only thing missing is premiership safety, heres hoping.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Angryman the Angry fan, do you actually read the articles? Did you see

    “Comments welcome, but please be civil to others”..?

    Hey my son (9) reads these things sometimes. Do I have to tell him it’s PG 16?

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #28

    giimps @ #4 your user name is so apt,

    I think you have been watching too many movies asset strippers do not start off by pumping 300 mil into a business to sell off a small piece for a vastly over priced 35 mil.

    In my opinion the club was spot on to take the 35 for a player that shows a lot of potential but along with it a very well developed self destruct button that is on a hair trigger.

    You claim to be an optimist and a realist? ……..Really?

    Well the optimist in you should see the potential that 35 mil can do for the club.

    The realist should also see that the 35 mil was very over priced and he should be sold before the price drops.

    Your opening line is that of a pessimist so you really need to understand what you really are before making such statements.

  • aaronjd

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Alrite lads, first post for me! Been a quiet observer for a while though. Just a quick one, off topic aswell, but it’s all gone quiet on the Joey Barton contract situation, anyone know anything?

  • stuart no9

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #30

    rumor has it , on the streets again and it is only what i heard, that the mexican buisnessman, reportedly the richest man in the world,who was has been looking for a club to buy, has again spoke of his desire to buy NUFC and that talks are iminent, who knows? but it would , imo explain the strange decisions ashly has made over the last few months, getting rid of CH and giving his mate a 5 1/2 year contract, selling carroll , and not having a replacement in the pipeline(as that would cost money) trying to get 52000 people to buy season tickets, then putting a 10 year price freeze on them it all sounds a bit iffy, unless ofcourse you are going to sell the club at the end of the season! who knows what will happen, imo ash wont be here next season

  • bills-son

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Giimps – you should stop reading the Beano football pages and start getting the facts about football finances by reading the blog post below. If you have difficulty concentrating I have summarised a few of the comments of sensible fans so that you can get back to mashing your food.

    There is no doubt in my mind that were it not for Ashley’s intervention, we would have gone the same way as Leeds United and more recently, Portsmouth with more to come I’m sure.

    Ashley has made some monumental errors in his time with us but we can sissue a sigh of relief that despite our sabbatical in the League, we’re back in the Prem.

    Captain Beefheart
    Long term we must be in a position to compete, and as we end our Fizzy pop penance, the ‘sackcloth and Ashley’ season supporters have learned the hard way that there is far more to a successful club than the trophy signings and manager-go-rounds of recent years.

    Ashley is doing a great job financially, the man knows how to run a modern day large business, unlike Hall/Shepherd who clearly were in it for their pay days at the end, they ran the club into the ground creaming big lumps out of the club while doing it

    Lesh I totally concur with your assessment. Club owners need to be far more prudent nowadays in regards to the state of finances. I cannot remember exactly who wrote this article that I read about 12-15 months ago but it stated that Man U and Chelski had a combined debt of 1.1 billion. I may not have liked how MA treated this club initially but now I am glad that he is still here because we would have disappeared

  • MacToon

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #32

    “MA has put in £286M of his own cash to bail us out – in unsecured loans –”

    AND you say we’re not in debt, we owe Ahley all the money he’s “loaned” to the club


    £50+ million in mortgaging the ground and training ground facilities!

    So we’re less in debt now? how? that’s rhetorical btw!

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Bills-son@ #25 I’m on your side in this one pal billionaires do not like to loose and they do not like to look like bell ends.

    Since this economic recession bit and reduced Mikes money to just 750-780 mil in the bank The toon now represent a third of his value so I think he will be wanting to turn this part of his value into a favourable growth instead of a drain.

    He has given the go ahead for a 10 year season ticket price freeze so I think it’s an obvious indication that he will be around for a while yet. I too believe that he has an enormous desire for this club to be successful and to show the critics that he is one of the best club owners around.

  • bills-son

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #34

    MacToon – you need to understand matters financial a bit better. If MA hadn’t put the money in we probably wouldn’t be here now – see above.

    And there aint £286M there to take out.

    And he owes the money to himself.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Dimitri Payet of St Ettiene would be a good replacement for Routledge next season…bit like HBA, quick thinking, pace and excellent technical ability and would cost about £7 million.
    I also watched Sochaux v Marseille yesterday and Marvin Martin of Sochaux was the outstanding player on the pitch…the guy is quality and one of the most creative AM’s in Ligue one. It would be great to hook these guys up with HBA….

  • bills-son

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #36

    stuart no9 – if MA is setting us up to be sold to the richest bloke in the world I have only one thing to say ….


  • dave 1961

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #37

    stuart no9

    the story about a club sale was an old story by someone with a user name binksy and it was on a football manager site dated 2 years ago.

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Sorry stuart no9 @#30 just explain to me how

    1/reducing income (ticket freeze)

    2/selling what is suppose to be the jewel in the crown ie Carroll and not replacing him.

    3/Giving his mate a five and a half year deal.

    Explains the club is about to be sold

  • bills-son

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #39

    cupiddstunt – blinkered people (and horses) only see what is in front the them.

    They are incapable of seeing the bigger picture – nor do they want to. They just love knacking on.

  • bishopmag

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #40

    @ Mactoon (32) the significance of MA loaning the club his own money is that the club don’t have to pay the going rates on a bank Loan.(even at a creditable 6%) on 100m thats still 600k PA saved by the club.


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