Newcastle In Center-Back Injury Dilemma – Again

Newcastle have both Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor injured with hamstring injuries, and we are again short of center-back cover in the squad, just as we were last season, and we thought the plan was to bring in another center-back over the summer, but for whatever reason we didn’t manage to strengthen the Newcastle squad.

Steven Taylor – has hamstring injury

Steven Taylor has tended to be injury prone over the last three years, so it was asking a lot to expect Steven to go through this season without picking up some kind of injury, and we just have to hope if he does pick one up, it’s not a serious one like the Achilles injury that kept him out of the team from early December last season.

There’s no chance that either player will be fit for Thursday night’s game against Bordeaux at St. James’ Park in the Europa League, but there’ some hope that both can make it for the tough game at Old Trafford next Sunday afternoon in the league.

Fabricio Coloccini has made just three appearances this season, and of course he was injured on International duty, so we hope when we do get him fit, he will not be off trying to play for Argentina again – because if he came back injured – that just wouldn’t be right.

As a precaution, Colo missed the game at Reading on Saturday, and it’s also hoped that Steven Taylor was withdrawn early enough in that game, that he is not too badly injured and could make it for next Sunday.

And when Steven left the pitch on Saturday, Reading scored a couple of goals within six minutes, as James Perch struggled to adjust quickly to a change of position.

This is what Alan Pardew told the press:

“We have been solid defensively and that was the first game we have been got at, mainly because of taking a centre-half off at that time.” “Going from right-back to centre-half is a difficult mode and Perch just got caught out.

“He has been brilliant when he has played there, I have no worries about him.” “Colo isn’t far away. I think for Manchester United we’ll be sweating on Colo and Steven.”

And to be fair to Perchinho he had made a great clearance from Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, with the last kick of the first half, and after the two goals were conceded, he settled down well and had a decent enough game at center-back.

But we really do need to get an experienced fourth center-back into the Newcastle squad – maybe in January?

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23 comments so far

  • dannyodyssey

    Oct 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Harper reflexes is getting slower these days. Age is catching up with him. The goals could have been saved if Tim Krul was the keeper (for the two matches he played)

  • martoon

    Oct 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Hey Ed as a few other posters have mentioned next Sunday’s match is at home at SJP NOT away at OT!

  • TorqToon

    Oct 1, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Danny – But credit where it’s due mate! The lad has made some excellent saves in the games he has played this season! Age is creeping up and you are right in saying that Krul may well have saved them, however he has been one of our stand out players as a cover this season!

    On doumbia – would love the lad at the toon but I’m not sure it would happen. But you never know. I do think CB HAS to be our main concern! It’s our Achilles heal and needs to e resolved!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Good morning,

    So Colo and STaylor unlikely for Thursday, not the end of the world, if all players were fit it is unlikely they would have been played anyway.

    Man U at the weekend is tough, rush them back or let them fully recover? It will be a tough game, but that is what it is “A Game”. Need these two players long term, so if they’re not sure, they should be left out imo.

    What a fun filled week we have ahead.

  • RonVanDam

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    On the topic of Backs – the one that has stood out the most is Fergie. You can tell he’s not complacent, hungry and took his time to learn last year in the reserves. I think by next year he will push Jonas to the bench. For me, Jonas is a more defensive player not a creative player whos crosses helps our attacking players.

    What we currently need are 2 Backs, 1 more creative Midfielder. 1 RW, 1 CF

  • TorqToon

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Morning Ibiza. Life’s never dull as a toon fan!

    I avoid the blog like the plague over a match day weekend so I’m not sure what everybody made of the Ba to Liverpool / Carroll swap deal rubbish that was in the Sunday rags. I’m hoping they were all dismissed as bullsh1t but it wouldn’t surprise me if it ignited the whole ‘Bring back Andy’ campaign! 🙂

  • cyprus

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Yesterday only talked positive, here’s some critical thinking: I think perhaps we need a small wily Latin American forward? Maybe a couple of wingers who can actually take on defenders? Ober can’t do that, Marveaux needs time, only Fergie seems able… It’s a shame we don’t dominate games with so much class in our ranks, even though it’s good that we pick up some points. I mean, gone are the Butt, Smith days, we should do better, visually. I admit I can’t quite put my finger on it, but so should AP.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Tbf barely anyone picked up on the bindipper story and dont see how it can be true west ham have paid a large loan fee and if they stay up they have an automatic purchase clause, they also have to pay west ham a large cancelation fee if they recall him in jan so dont get why they would do all that when they could get ba for £7 mil apparantly the media is full of b/s!!!

  • TorqToon

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Cyprus – gotta agree with ya! Was watching the Chelski game at the weekend and thought that myself! I know that the likes of Hazard and mata are world class and expensive, but those are the type of players who would thrive at the club. At the moment only HBA is in that mould. Marv has yet to truly deliver and Jonas is more defensive now. It would involve spending money but not massive amounts ! Small, nippy agile players excite the fans! Emre sticks in my mind as that type of player. And getting the balance between flair and no nonsense footballers is key.


    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #10

    I,v got a bad feeling here, about the months of chasing Debuchy and Douglas!

    We were linked with so many players in close season.
    Everyone on here, continually moaning and continually asking;

    “Are we signing a defender, or not?”
    At the time, it was all starting to annoy me!

    Erik Pieters from PSV was another name on here being mentioned on here for weeks!
    Fast forward, if you will to the situation now, Krul injured, Collo injured, STayler injured! RTaylor injured!

    Is this club frigging club Naive or what? Put Jonas back at left back for the time being!
    A positive is that we are still in the top ten, but for how long?

    I am always very critical of all the Doom and Gloom on here but this situation is becoming Frustrating to say the least !
    We could of probably picked up a dam good CB from somewhere in the Championship for not too much money in close season!

    A Christmas slide down the table is on the cards if we don,t start getting injured players back and stop picking up new injuries to others!

    For once, the Doom merchants on here may be right!

  • TorqToon

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Between now and feb 2013 we are going to be continually linked with an exit for big Demba. All thanks to his agent. The lad was benched for one game and all of a sudden is unhappy…stinks of BS for me! The lad will keep himself in the starting XI if he keeps up this form, so let him do what he does best, enjoy himself and get him contracted with no crappy clauses etc. He is earning his money and will be deserving of a more secure contract! Could do with binning his agent(s) off too and get somebody in who has HIS interest at heart rather than solely money!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Torq…..I too have stopped coming on over the weekend. Far too stressful and it seems to be the time when people’s emotions, shall we say, increase.

    Skimmed over some of yesterdays arguments / discussions and it’s amazing really. Oh well

  • wynsleap

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed – you say “maybe in January for an experienced centre back”. TOO LATE!!
    Every sensible fan (including the doom mongers) knew we needed another central defender in the squad in the summer. Except our owner.
    To all the Toon’s ‘home accountants’, does that macho £1 million pound saving on not going ‘over the odds’ for Douglas still look good business? Answers on a postcard please.


    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Oh! The continuing Trauma of being an NUFC Supporter!

  • peaco1980

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #15

    We had more than enough time over the summer to mitigate this Centre back problem; everyone (except the management) had the wit to see the inevitable. Predictably nothing was done, but then again why would it need to be – we’ve a stronger squad than last year right? Can’t wait to hear the excuse for the lack of strengthening in Jan.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    The next few weeks will determine if the “great summer gamble” of not paying the asking price (albeit possibly inflated) for a couple of defenders has paid off or not. Correct gamble if our defenders do not get injured and we get to January unscathed. Wrong gamble if we lose defenders through injury and start leaking goals/losing matches. Wrong gamble if we start sliding down the league and to receive millions of pounds less from the Premier League due to our lower position. Time will tell. Good finances are admirable – and a good footing for any club – never ever taking a risk financially will rarely bring rewards in football.

  • Tino99

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #17

    I havent been keeping up with the games recently. I watched the spurs game and one of the europa games but can anyone tell me why we are struggling against Reading etc while everyone else seems to have thrashed them.

    I am a little worried that we are not the same team as last season.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Maybe Mike should insist we set up in the old fashioned 2-3-5 system. Then we wouldn’t need centre backs at all.

  • hatem786

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    news in every norwegian newspaper is that newcastle will buy jo inge berget in january for 1,8 £ and some people in molde fk have confirmed it that they been in contact with pl team…i think we should buy some better then him,he is 22 and he has done well with molde and they won tippeligaen last year and they are 1 now this year and they ole gunnar solskjaer fonmer manu striker as manager

  • wynsleap

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    According to Pardew’s recent Ashley inspired waffling about not needing to buy central defenders because they didn’t want to stunt the development and growth of our young and upcoming players perhaps we’ll see Good now in the team.
    No? Thought not.


    Oct 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #21


    Ssssh ! Keep it queit Hatem! Before you know it there will
    be a host of other Prem teams after him and his asking price will double!
    Watch out for an Agent or familie members trying cash in and make money on the Deal ! Sounds familier?

    Seriously though, i won,t believe it till it happens! By the time the Jan Window comes round we may be down in 18th 0r 20th in the league!

  • numba9

    Oct 1, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Bad management not to get at least two defenders thru the door this year after earning respect I think pardew is scarred to bother mike . Weak !

  • Szarka

    Oct 1, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #23

    And come to think of it, we got 2 points from the refs ( vs Everton and now Reading ), so we are even higher then we should be.
    All we can do now is to hope all injuries and, and in Jan. buy at least one CD and one RB.

    Also we still need a left winger, but that will never happen.


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