It seems that Tim Krul will get to play against his idol, Edwin van der Saar, tonight in the game against Manchester United at St. James’ Park, in Edwin’s last season in football.
Edwin van der Saar – in final season for Manchester United
Edwin was recently named in the PFA Premier League side for this season, and he’s definitely going out at the top, with some wondering if he will stay on for at least one more season.
Steve Harper’s knee is worse than we first thought, and the first we heard about it at all was last night, and it’s worrying to say that an injection usually fixes the problem, so presumable he’s been having injections before.
The last time we heard about injections usually fixing a problem was with Leon Best’s ankle, and he is now out for the rest of the season, after having an operation on his ankle, which also did not respond to an injection that usually fixed the problem.
It’s always dangerous to let players play with any type of injuries, even if injections seem to so the trick, but the injuries ultimately get worse and more serious in nature.
Graeme Souness used to do it all the time with his players, while he was manager of Newcastle, and he ended up with having one of the worst injury records for any Newcastle manager, and it ultimately cost him his job, when the results turned poor in early 2006.
And while it may just be coincidence, it’s hard not to notice that the Newcastle injuries have gone up rather alarmingly this year under Alan Pardew.
It happened last season when Newcastle were playing Danny Simpson with an injured ankle, and he was eventually out for almost six months, after he had an operation on the ankle immediately the season ended.
And of course the ankle was then much worse than the Newcastle medics had thought.
We are not privy to the injuries, and whether they are serious or not, and with the squad being so small and frail right now, there’s always a big temptation to play players who are not fully fit.
But that usually comes back to bite you – big time – as it has with both Danny Simpson and Leon Best so far at Newcastle.