Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique limped off in Saturday’s first half, with what looked like a hamstring strain, and Jonas Gutierrez was limping badly at the final whistle .
Jonas Gutierrez – full extent of injury not yet known
We already have Dan Gosling, Alan Smith and Hatem Ben Arfa out injured, and Ryan Taylor is still out for two more matches because of his suspension, and it seems the lads picked up two more injuries to Jose and Jonas on Saturday.
And of course Stephen Ireland and Joey Barton missed the Everton game with injuries, but hopefully their injuries will clear up well before the Stoke City game.
There are six good players who are unavailable to the side on Saturday, and Nile Ranger and Sol Campbell were also missing form the bench after picking up minor knocks in training.
It’s starting to look like the days of old on the injury front, when Newcastle were always top of the Premier League with the number of injuries they had in the squad – and we always wondered why that was the case – because it was in every season.
Saturday was Newcastle’s fourth consecutive home game without a win, and the lads haven’t won since we hammered West Ham 5-0 in early January, and we’ve taken just 3 points in those last four home games, all draws against Spurs, Arsenal and Bolton.
3 points out of a possible 12 at home – it’s not good enough is the obvious thought that comes quickly to mind.
Alan is still not sure how bad Jose’s injury is, but it doesn’t sound too good, as Alan said today:
“We’ll have to see with José,” “He says he has a little pull in the side of his leg, so that sounds like either an adductor or a hamstring. We’ll have to see what the tests show.”
Goalkeeper Steve Harper, who was Newcastle’s best player on Saturday, has said that injuries are starting to become a concern at the club, although Newcastle have just one more game left to play this month, so hopefully there’s time to clear some of them up before too long.
Again it’s unclear how long exactly Jonas Gutierrez will be out, but the initial prognosis is not too good.
This is what Steve Harper said about the Argentine:
“Gutiérrez will be a big loss and hopefully he will be back sooner rather than later because we will miss him,” “The rest of them are mainly bumps and scrapes. I hope they won’t be too bad.”
We’ve noticed that since Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle had a lot more injuries, although that may just be a coincidence, but we hardly want to go back to when we always had injuries galore, because it really cost us – and that was just one reason we were relegated.
In the relegation season Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Alan Smith were just three players as examples, who were out almost the whole of that season with injuries, and Damien Duff was another example of player who was always out with niggly little injuries.
We still need another 6 points to be safe in the league this seaosn.