Are Newcastle Playing Players Injured?

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • geoff777

    Apr 19, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #1

    With such a small squad, injuries & suspensions put added pressure on those able to take the field.

    Some are being forced to play with injections that should be rested. Any further aggravation leads to a more serious injury.

    All due to incompetent management during the last two transfer windows.

    Now season ticket holders and turnstile fans are paying to watch Kuqi instead of England’s centre forward.

    It’s also made Pardew come up with some ridiculous formations in an attempt to cover for the Casino boy’s transfer strategy.

  • Toonmania

    Apr 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2

    problem is geoff i don’t think we have got a transfer strategy, i really hope they do stick to what they have said and invest everything back into the team

  • dave 1961

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    These wonder drugs are made up of Local anesthetic, hydro cortisone, and steroids; they are rarely helpful over a long period, that’s why most top consultants will only do it twice. It’s solely to enable the joint to be moved while a soft tissue injury heals, a nerve block, and that why when its miss used the results a worse injury. Blocking the pain is sometimes regarded as a cure.

  • jimiley

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    The transfer strategy is simple. Sell our best players for the best price and replace them with youngsters or crocks eg Ireland, Wor Ben and Duckling.

  • chuck

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #5

    So ! Souness was fired because he forced players to play with injuries, hmm !
    Unfortunately clubs that are understrength, have to use injured players, it`s quite common.
    I am not endorsing it, it just happens to be a fact.
    However it does appears over the years, NUFC have had an inordinate amount of injuries, why is that ?
    Is it a physio problem ? is our medical staff up to snuff ?
    Something to do with training methods ?
    Training ground ?

  • Burni

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    chuck its probably coz of the pressure that playing for Newcastle brings! they work em so hard in training coz they know that we as fans expect nothing but the best!

    the main problem is that the squad is so thin and I have to agree, that is down to the manager and letting players go without replacements…..

    still….. one win and were home dry I’d say!!!!!

    COME ON!!!!

  • Davies

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #7

    If we’re fielding injured players, let’s get Ben Arfa out there this evening!!!!

  • marcos

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Alan Pardew will select players that are 100% fit. The match will be very tough and the players will have to do their best if they want to take at least 1 point. Call all the youngsters but no injuried players tonight, please.

  • marcos

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Call all the youngsters but no injured players tonight, please. There was a spelling mistake, I am sorry.

  • Hawaiian Geordie

    Apr 19, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #10

    jimiley, how is wor ben a crock????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? bollocks on that comment

  • andre29

    Apr 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #11



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