What’s Happening With All These Injuries?


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.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    its been in the club for the last 10 years….

    maybe we need to replace derek wright?

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Brutooon Don’t be silly Derek Wright is one of the best physios in the country it’s our training facilities that are the problem.

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  • Markaccus

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Gosling and ireland had injuries when we bought them, and it is common when ready to return that another injury occurs due to lack of fitness, that happens everywhere.
    Barton hurt himself in a warm up, that’s just a mistake on his part. Hatem ben arfa had his leg busted by a t**t. Smith is crap. And jonas and jose were injured through playing hard as they both always do, that happens now and then. So really, although its unfortunate, I can’t see any point in blaming training grounds and staff

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  • lewman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #4

    the ground will usually be a bit harder round newcastle than at the average southern club as the weather gets colder the more north you go and the scottish clubs dont train as hard as we do.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 7, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Tree roots aside, Lewman @ 4 has a point. The NE climate in general (and the specific microclimate at the training ground in particular) conspires in a number of ways.

    The varying ‘hardness’ of the pitch from day to day in the frost prone months (read October to April) can play havoc in the same way tennis players have to adjust from clay to grass (some can’t).

    Also there can be no slacking with warm ups and stretches before training. Things you could get away with in sunny Spain because the muscles are warmed up, are just not possible in nippy Newcastle.

    Someone should compile a ten year record of training injuries to see what (if any) correlation exist in this respect.

    Finally, our ‘paper thin’ (don’t you love the footy cliches) squad forces players to play too many concecutive games wihout a rest – unless like Joey and Tiote they use the regular yellow card like saving Green Shield stamps to get the game or two off. In this case Ashley’s unwillingness to give Hoots a proper Prem squad last Summer is more likely at the root of this, not those damned trees.

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 7, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t know all that much about how NUFC trains, but I played American football in a climate equally as frosty as Newcastle. On frozen pitch we practiced without spikes, and many wore leggings or even pantyhose to help maintain heat in the legs.

    There is no mystery to amending any hard soil at Benton, just till in compost until the dry pitch has been softened to the trainers liking.

    Where I played, the coaching staff was responsible for protecting against practice field injuries. And the head coach (manager) was furious at the coaches about such injuries if they were preventable. And the dressing down came in front of the players. It put the staff in the delicate position of preparing a team, but keeping them fit for games.

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  • tappy lappy

    Mar 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Makes no sense to me. Smith was crocked before we bought him, Gosling although free was also crocked. Then we get Ireland on loan and he is crocked. Do we not give incoming players a proper medical. Dont forget the money wasted on Michael Owen who was crocked most of the time.

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  • spanishtoon

    Mar 7, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #8

    HopefullY pArdews outspoken criticism of ranger doesnt bacfire http://www.nufcnews.com/?p=199

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  • Brutooon

    Mar 7, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Is there any possible way that we can change the training pitch or something??

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