Jonas Gutierrez will be back on Saturday and that’s good news on the defensive front for Newcastle.
Jonas Gutierrez – missed hios defending on Saturday
It seems that Chelsea targeted Ryan Taylor in Saturday’s game as one of Newcastle’s weak links, with Daniel Sturridge continually running at the former Wigan player, especially in the first half.
And it caused a little havoc at times in the Newcastle defense in those first 45 minutes, when Chelsea were the better side.
Peter Lovenkrands had come in on the left wing for th suspended Gutierrez, but it was noticeable that Peter was not helping out as much as Jonas does at the back.
So having Jonas back from his one match ban at Norwich is good news.
And we’d love to see Cheick Tiote return at central defensive midfield, to further strengthen what will be an untried back four on Saturday.
Tiote has now missed the last six matches with a knee problem that initially was supposed to keep him out only two or three weeks, but it’s proved difficult to treat and it’s still not right.
The Newcastle medics will be reassessing Tiote this morning, as well as the thigh injury to Fab Coloccini, as Alan Pardew goes around the rest of the players asking if they have ever played at center-back. 😀
Newcastle were always one injury away from a problem in central defense, ever since Mike Williamson has been out with his ankle injury, but as usually happens via Murphy’s Law – we lost not one but two center-backs on Saturday.
Just a little recap on Murphy’s Law:
“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.
We would add eventually to that statement in Newcastle’s case this season, because we’ve been lucky since Mike was injured last August.
Just think what it would have been like if Steven was injured and out for the season in early September.
The defeat against Chelsea wasn’t too bad. especially as Newcastle played well, especially in the second half, but it’s the injuries that have uncovered the paper-thin squad at Newcastle.
We just hope that doesn’t cost us too many points, before we can get reinforcements in during early January.