We had 8 players who were not available for Newcastle on Saturday – with 7 of them being out through injury.
Jose Enrique – out with a hamstring – but for how long?
Joey Barton, Stephen Ireland, Nile Ranger and Sol Campbell all missed out against Everton, and along with Hatem Ben Arfa, Alan Smith and Dan Gosling who are out long term, and with Ryan Taylor also being suspended, that’s 8 players not available for Saturday’s game.
Add to that the fact we had Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez injured on Saturday and you have to ask what’s going on with all these injuries?
Quite a few are being picked up in training so we’re not sure why the injuries are building up, but it’s always been a curse at the Newcastle club, that we seem to have more injuries than other PL clubs.
It’s really good that we have only two more games in the next 4 weeks, which will give some time for the injures to heal – hopefully.
This is what goalkeeper Steve Harper said about the crazy Premier League schedule this season, which has the Newcastle team playing only two league games in March.
“We had four games in a fortnight last month, so there’s some tired legs there.”
“Strangely, we’re now in a period of three games in six weeks which is quite odd but we’ve got a small squad so it gives the lads a chance to get over little niggles and strains.”
“They can have a rest this weekend and have a good, full week’s training before a tough game against Stoke.”
We have no idea what the status is of Dan Gosling, and since he had remedial knee surgery a few weeks back, we were told he was out for a while, but nothing since from the Newcastle medical staff.
Dan had the second operation on the knee to remove a floating cartilage in early February, but there was also some scar tissue removed during that procedure, and Dan at the time was hoping to be back before the end of March.
It would be good to get an update on Dan’s situation.