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 PhysioRoom.com.
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 Physioroom.com 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.