Injury Update – Ben Arfa Out – Cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Tiote Doubtful


It’s not what we wanted to hear but Newcastle now have several more players injured, which we have found out after the 4-1 mauling at Cardiff on Saturday, with Ben Arfa definitely out and injury concerns with Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote, and Yohan Cabaye is struggling to be match-fit for Tottenham.

The expression – it never rains but it pours – comes to mind.

Ben Arfa – in action against Hartlepool – out at least two weeks

It seems that Fabricio Coloccini will be OK but he will join up with the rest of the Argentine squad this week for their game in Germany, but Ben Arfa is out and Cheick Tiote is doubtful with a calf problem.

Yohan Cabaye is obviously short of  match fitness, while Papiss Cisse has  a hamstring problem and Demba Ba has a shin problem, and they are all having treatment.

With Shola Ameobi in such good form, he could even play on Saturday in place of  one of the Senegal strikers, and it would be a good opportunity for Shola to show what he can still do in black and white shirt.

We have a feeling that Cheick isn’t as badly injured as it first appeared, but Newcastle will be hoping to keep him from traveling with the Ivory Coast squad  to Moscow, for an International in Fabio Capello’s first game in charge as the new manager of Russia.

It turns out that Ben Arfa will also miss the first leg of Newcastle’s Europa League qualifier against Atromitos next Thurday, although Newcatskle are still hoping to bring that tie forward by a day or two.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the injuries today in the local press:

“Ben Arfa has a slight knee problem, which I think definitely keeps him out of the first week.” “Papiss has got a slight hamstring – we think he’ll recover by Tuesday or Wednesday – and Demba has a shin injury, which he’s carried for a week or so.”

“Yohan Cabaye is not right in terms of work he’s done. We are hoping to get him up to speed and get him involved on Saturday.” “Everybody else is OK, apart from the knocks we got at Cardiff.”

“Cheik has got a calf problem.” “We’ll have to see. I don’t think he’ll travel by the way (to Moscow).” “Colo looked like he was struggling after 20 minutes, which worries me. Colo didn’t want to come off, being captain.”

“I wasn’t sure if he was injured or not, so he might have played too long.”  “We were a bit sleepy and at half-time the damage was done – in the second-half, we were better.”

If we can get Cheick fit to start on Saturday, and if Yohan Cabaye can maybe play 45 minutes against Tottenham, we should be in fairly good shape – we hope.

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348 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Bit of early panic I feel.

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  • Kyo

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Told you guys, Spurs are going to be favourites unfortunately.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Too early to start posting starting line-ups then?

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I understand that we appear to have picked up some injuries but we did the same at the beginning of last season we also had a poor pre season last season but we were not too shabby when the season kicked off proper so I am inclined to not panic and take it as it comes.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Mark Spurs down as a defeat.

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  • walton1984

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Ramdon question!!!!!
    does anyone know which players are currently Ramadam…….I know Cisse,Ba & Tiote….. but what about HBA, Cabaye, Bigi, Abied etc are any of those

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #7

    i feel a bit like Johnny Depp in Alice in wonderland im going MAD please saturday come quickly and help stop all this crazyness i cant take it for much longer AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Just Great!!

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  • G

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #9

    @ post 2. That will be the Spurs playing under a new manager, with only 1 striker (Defoe), with injury concerns over their (arguably) best player (Bale), with their luxary player excluded from the squad for wanting to move to Real Madrid (Modric), and their key central midfielder (Parker) out injured. That Spurs? I think we will do just fine.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #10

    still no signings. if we do badly this season, i can see our star players getting pissed and leaving the club. we either maintain this position and solidify it to keep the attraction or goodbye to Cabaye and Cisse and co at the end of the season.

    And it’s back to square one again.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    yeah walton u have it sussed mate all foreigners are in ramedan jeez louise

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Kyo, according to the bookies, there’s no decent odds on anyone. They’re all backing a draw as spurs have no recognised decent striker available for the match, and have a few injuries too.

    On another note, with the euros, Olympics etc. this has been a really hectic pre season, seems like our preseason has only been about 2 weeks. I’m not expecting a start like we ha last year. As long as we get into Europa league group stages and don’t get beat off spurs or chelsea I think I’ll be very happy.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Shola starting fills me with dread.

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  • magpiemover

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    y do i get the feeling mr pardew is playing mind games with chelsea he done this a few times last season ?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Ruddy you are a grade 1 idiot that is a stupid thing to say.

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  • magpiemover

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #16

    spuds i mean not chelsea

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Damn not good, so really if no Ba or Cisse, vuckic anyone?

    Boom,
    Get me her number then I’ll leave the blog 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Kyo….You told us the chunk of our star players would be missing for the Spurs game? Must of missed that one.

    Spurs will always be favourites against us. All of the pundits aren’t even mentioning us when discussing CL this season. It’s the Manchesters, Chelsea for the top 3 and then Arsenal, Spurs and Tottenham to battle for 4th.

    What worries me most is both Ba and Cisse out. Can’t win games without a goal scorer. Dreamboat will be a big miss too against Spurs.

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  • AshtreeKid

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    anyone know if Anita is actually in Newcastle/on his way?

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  • RonVanDam

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Why does all these injuries and lack of transfer activity for senior team tell me we wont be repeating our 11 game unbeaten heroics from last season. I guess a draw will.
    Win will kick off a dream start to the new season
    Draw at home will satisfactory
    Loss will be very difficult to bear

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #21
  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #22

    ilovetoon8788 @ # 10

    You know we are never very far from a razorblade on the wrist poster.

    My advice to you is not across the wrist but parallel to it and be brave go deep from the off and it will be all over very quickly. 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Cupid…New tactic to clear the blog of panicked and worried posters? Talk them in to quick death?

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  • Londtoon

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Gabby for hba, Gael for Tiote and Gutierrez for cabaye

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  • markmac

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #25

    anyone else get the feeling AP shouldnt have said anything last week about us doing ”ok” on the injury front?

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  • walton1984

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Boom Boom

    where did i say all forginers are in ramadam cisse, ba, Tiote defo are fasting……..Ben Arfa, Abeid are muslim and i think bigi is too so i was wonderin if those are fasting too………coz if u remember Bas perfomances improved once he had finished fasting last season!!!!!!!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #27

    WWYCD

    You’re working in Euros. Stop. This is England! 😀 And no, I really don’t think it is moving as much as usual. The total expenditure of most of those clubs is far far lower than in previous years – the majority are fee transfers or £1-2m signings. We’ve made 3 of those!

    We’re both realists when it comes to NUFC – I just find it pretty hard to believe an article that starts with “The Chronicle understands…”, has no quotes, has no details, and all in all reads like one of the thousand articles they’ve published this summer which have turned out to be fabricated.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Cupid i almost pissed myself laughing there i already had a picture of him in my head throwing up the rope but your post cheered me up no end. And to the familiy of ilovetoon8788 sorry for your loss at this sad sad time for you all.

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  • JTOONJ

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Shola was awesome against spuds last time at SJP, that goal was immense but the thought of him playing a full game is woeful, he is a super impact sub

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #30

    I can’t wait for Lawro to predict a loss.

    We will do ok. It’s 38 games not 1. If we lose, we lose. It’s more important IMO to get players in than 3 on the board in the first match of the season.

    I predict 6-7 losses this season and if Saturday on number 1 ten so be it.

    As long as we play well, with heart and a bit of quality there is nothing more we can do.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    did u not say cabaye aswell? and if u already knew they were muslim why did u ask.

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Ok starting line up if all thos players miss out!!

    Krul
    Simmo-Saylor-Colo-Santon
    Bigi-Anita
    Obertan-Jonas-Marveaux
    SSSHHHHOOOLLLAAAAAAAAA

    Sod it, Im putting Shola in my fantasy team, captain et all.

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  • toon_asprilla2012

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #33

    I read today something about players not being happy that Newcastle haven’t bought in players yes I hear their point but their in no fit state to start being unhappy after doing well for one season and half a season respectively, ba, cabaye and cisse. It’s not like we bought them from top europeon clubs for them to EXPECT big signings all of a sudden! Yes they have performed well but we got them from west ham relegated, Lille okay they got in CL but they play in ligue1 not exactly best league in world and Freiburg flirting at bottom of bundesliga. coming to nufc was a step up for all concerned so don’t start with the big man talk now your established at nufc bcus we seen bassong, barton, enrique all think along them lines jump ship and see what happend.. Although I do feel we need to bring in new senior signings but Cumon lads don’t start kicking up fuss and making unrest in the group albeit management or squad. On injury front it looks touch and go for spurs game and I am today not as happy as last night with now benny joining cabaye cisse and ba in treatment room.
    What do u think of this

    Krul
    Simpson Taylor willo santon
    Bigi Anita
    Marv. Gosling Gutierrez
    Shola
    Subs: harps, tavinier, sammy ameobi, obertan, Campbell, abeid, vuckic

    It’s not best of squads at our disposal however could get us an unbeaten start to the season and the main men can come back into the picture.

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Lawro will have us down for relegation, I bet 100% that he has Liverfool finishing above us. Tho Le Tissier said on his prediction that either Arsenal/Tottenham or Liverpool would be challenging for 4th this year.

    Really dont understand where they get these ideas of Liverpool finishing 4th from..

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Got to try something biz as they get on my tits with the constant woe is me.

    It gives me flash backs to episodes of dad’s army and private Frazer I can just see them sitting at their computers rocking back and forth saying ”we’re doomed I tell you we’re all doomed” (has to be read in a Scots accent)

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #36

    It also doesnt help when Ed exagerates the Chronicles BS tenfold :/

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  • JustStu

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Walton – only Muslim practicing players will be taking part in Ramadan. Ba, Cisse, Tiote and HBA are the four.

    For the record guys…..we’ll be fine against Spurs ;). #Positivity

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Beattie…Agree with that 100%…oh how I’ve missed lawro’s predictions….usually worth a weekly laugh.

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  • walton1984

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Boom Boom…

    because Cisse, Ba And tiote i know are fasting but noithing has been said about them

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #40

    TDS
    Haha hey Euro is money too damnit 😉

    Aye maybe the money isnt as high as normal but player movement isnt down dramatically compared to windows specially ones where a major comp has been played let alone two.

    Teams have still gotten stronger around us without spending huge amounts something which we did last season. As for the article it could have no truth in it though is it such a stretch that some of the players feel the same as the majority of the fans in regards to transfers? (or the boards handling of transfers)

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