It’s bad enough to lose Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse last night against Maritimo, but it’s a time when the games come thick and fast, and Newcastle have two games away from home at Southampton on Sunday and then at Stoke City next Wednesday night, and in total we have 5 games to play before December 10th – a time span of only 17 days.
Ben Arfa – out injured with hamstring problem
The games after Southampton and Stoke are at home to Wigan a week on Monday, and then away at Bordeaux on the following Thursday in the Europa league, and then Fulham at Craven Cottage on the following Monday night, December 10th.
Newcastle will need to draw on some of their youngsters for these games, with as many as 9 players now out injured for the next few weeks, and of course Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling are long term injuries, with James Perch, Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan, Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye also out injured.
But there’s very little Alan Pardew can do about it other than just to get on with it – and we have 10 games to play through Wednesday, January 2nd – when we entertain Everton at home.
So while we may all be concerned about our lack of form and results of late, the injuries have a lot to do with that – and the lads need our support now more than ever in the next 40 days, when we are scheduled to play 10 games.
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