Newcastle have five players out with injuries, who may be doubtful for the next game a week on Saturday at Stoke City.
Alan Pardew – players are worn out
And you add those to our long term injured players, Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and Alan Smith, and add in the suspended Ryan Taylor, and Newcastle have 9 players out at the moment – so what’s going on?
Alan Pardew says the Newcastle players are just exhausted, and that’s both mentally and physically.
This is the rather surprising statement the Newcastle manager made today:
“We’ve got a lot of people in trouble with fatigue injuries. There is tiredness in the camp and probably mental as much as physical.”
“We did think about taking the players away again this week but may be a complete break from the game wouldn’t be the worse thing for this squad, so we’re going to give them the rest of the week off.”
“Some of the guys aren’t local so we’ll let them fly off and see their families, spend a bit of time away. Then we’ll all be back on Monday for a week’s work to prepare for Stoke.”
It’s good the lads have only a couple of games over the next four weeks, so that should give them a big chance to recharge their batteries.
And Alan suspended training yesterday until next Monday, and allowed the players to join their families for a mini-break – which seemed like a very sensible idea.
It will be important to curtail the injuries for the run-in, since we’ve already been without Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling for almost the whole season, and they are two very good players.
The mini-goal is probably to be in the top half of the table – 10th place or better – by the end of May – and above Sunderland of course, who have only taken one point from their last 5 league games, so that’s good news. Newcastle have taken 6 points from their last 5 league games, one win and 3 draws.
Currently Newcastle are in 10th place after Everton picked up a point against Birmingham at Goodison Park last night in a 1-1 draw and the Magpies dropped down one place.
This break in games seems to have come at a good time for the Newcastle squad, which is just too small for the Premier League, and hopefully we’ll add to the squad in both quality and quantity during the summer.