Newcastle have had one friendly game and they already have injury casualties from that single game.
Shane Ferguson – will miss season start
And it seems that both players, Danny Guthrie and Shane Ferguson, who were injured in the first half of the game on Friday night, will now miss the start of the season in 25 days time.
It’s a good job the team fared better in the second half, well at least as far as injuries go, but Danny has an ankle injury – not a groin injury as we had first thought – and young Shane has a leg injury.
The club has not fared well at all as far as injuries go, since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside last December, and the bad luck seems to be continuing.
This is what Alan Pardew said from Kansas City today:
“It’s not particularly great news on either of them.” “It’s looking like neither will be ready for the start of the season.”
“Fergie has probably got more chance than Guthrie.” “It’s OK, we can cope, but if we lost another two, then it won’t be OK.”
“I wouldn’t say we’re on a knife-edge with injuries, but our squad isn’t particularly big.”
It’s rather surprising but Newcastle have lost Kevin Nolan, Sol Campbell and Shefki Kuqi this summer and have brought in Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid, so we don’t see the squad being much bigger at all this season.
That’s especially true with some of our youngsters going out on loan next season, like Kazenga Lua Lua, Sammy Ameobi, Ryan Donaldson and others, and some players may be still sold before September, such as Wayne Routledge, Nile Ranger, Leon Best and possibly some others too.
The Newcastle squad is just too small, as it has been over the last two seasons, and if Newcastle are going to have the level of injuries they’ve seen over the last seven months or so, the team could be in trouble as far as numbers go.
What do you think?