If the Newcastle Board ever had any doubts that the Newcastle squad is just not big enough, then they will have learned a lesson during the International break, with two of our top players returning crocked, and both will miss a number of games.
Tim Krul – out for two or three games
The latest news today on Newcastle’s injuries is not good, with both Coloccini and Krul missing the trip to Everton on Monday, and Tim will likely be out for up to three games with the elbow injury he picked up at the Dutch training camp last Saturday.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is not happy at this course of events and he had this to say today, during his press conference for the Everton game:
“We lost Shane Ferguson, and we have lost Coloccini twice now on international duty and we have lost Tim.” “With the technology we have today we want to know what they are doing because we are handing these players over, to an extent on our pay, so we want to make sure they are looked after.”
And Tim and Fabricio only add to Newcastle’s current injury woes, with Ryan Taylor out for at least six months with an ACL injury, and Danny Simpson out for another couple of weeks at least, with his hamstring injury.
And Cheick Tiote is still not available for the trip to Everton, and he has been out since the first game of the season, when he picked up an injury in the first 10 minutes of the game against Spurs, but tried to play through the injury.
But at least the reliable James Perch, who missed the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa because of a pain in the neck (so to speak), is available for Monday’s game.
Veteran Steve Harper will start in goal on Monday night, and we would expect Vurnon Anita to stay at right-back, with 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana getting a chance to make a name for himself in defensive midfield, since he looked good there against Aston Villa after he came on in the first half, although James Perch can also play in that position, and has more experience than the youngster.
Either Mike Williamson or James Perch will come in for Coloccini, and start alongside Steven Taylor in central defense.
This is not good news for Newcastle on the injury front, and maybe this will force Newcastle to bring in a couple of top new players in January – we certainly hope so.
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