It doesn’t seem like it’s very good news on the injury front at all, following today’s 3-0 defeat against Chelsea at St. James’ Park.
Steven Taylor – Achilles injury could be very serious
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is set to undergo a scan on an Achilles injury he sustained near the end of today’s match, and there are now fears he could even miss the rest of the season.
And his center-back partner, Fabricio Coloccini, also came off injured in the first half, and he has a thigh strain and is unlikely to be fit for next Saturday’s game at Norwich.
It looks likely that Newcastle will need two new center-backs for next Saturday’s game at Norwich, but Mike Williamson, the only really recognized replacement, is still out injured with an ankle injury.
After the match today manager Alan Pardew talked to Sky Sports about the two injuries:
“We’ll have to wait and see.” “Coloccini has got a thigh strain, so maybe next week or the week after we might be struggling. Steven looks a little more serious.”
While the Newcastle medics are not exactly sure the state of Steven’s Achilles injury they are fearful it may be really serious.
This is also bad news for Steven himself, who has only just returned this season from almost 18 months of injuries, and he has been in the best form of his career on Tyneside this season – Steven has been outstanding as has club captain Coloccini, so this is a big blow to the side.
James Perch came on for Colo in the first half, and there’s also Tamas Kadar, who played well for Newcastle during the promotion season, but the Hungarian International has dropped down the pecking order since then, and his Newcastle career is even said to be in jeopardy.
But this could be a great chance for the Hungarian to show what he can do for Newcastle, and even save his career on Tyneside.
The Newcastle squad is paper thin, we all knew that, and now we have to hope that Alan Pardew will be allowed to strengthen the squad in January, with at least a couple of defenders as well as a striker.
After all it could be worth it to maintain Newcastle’s great start to this season, and it could be that Newcastle could even fix up a loan deal for an experienced central defender in January.
Mike Williamson will be ready to return to training in about 10 days but he will need a few weeks to get some match practice and sharpen up.
This is why the top teams have such strong squads, and it’s a big weakness of Newcastle this season, and it could even submarine their wonderful and exciting start to the season.
But the next few games now look to be a challenge for the side, simply because of the lack of suitable replacements at center-back, and it could become a big test of both Alan Pardew’s management and motivation skills.