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More Bad News For Newcastle On Injury Front

Vurnon Anita had another good game yesterday for Newcastle, especially in the first half in which we were leading the game at Old Trafford by 2-1 at the break, but then late in the game the Dutch maestro was stretchered off with an ankle injury, after a badly timed sliding tackle from Antonio Valencia – and along with another loss – this was a double downer for the Newcastle manager.

hernandez scores winner

Hernandez scores last minute winner yesterday

Alan Pardew is now more than worried about the fitness of the 23 year-old, who was starting to show a bit of creativity for Newcastle, and playing well as the central midfielder who has been playing in Yohan Cabaye’s position over the last six weeks, and was looking better and better with every game.

This is what Alan said after the game:

“I was a bit upset with that tackle.” “I have seen it again and I don’t think it was malicious but Valencia has mistimed it badly and unfortunately it might cost us a player.”

“I am not sure what is wrong. It is too early to say. It is a bang on the ankle. We will have to see whether he will make Arsenal, which would be a loss to us.”

Anita was again up in the voting for Man of the Match yesterday and Vurnon is currently second on 19% with Sylvain Marveaux at 40%, and the Frenchman is starting to show some good form at the club, and he had a great free kick after 39 minutes when the ball thundered against the cross bar.

It seems unlikely that Vurnon will make the game at the Emirates on Saturday – but Newcastle have to try to get a win and stop the rot –  and if we are ahead in that game it would be nice if we can maintain the lead and not collapse by giving away silly goals at the back.

But who will make the chances on Saturday if Anita is out – and we have to hope that players like Marveaux and Obertan start the game, because they seem to be in good form at the moment and can create chances, as both of them did in yesterday’s game.

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4 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 27, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Alan was upset, if it was one of our players doing that to a Man Utd player SAF would be more than a bit upset

  • Taxi for Pardew

    Dec 27, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Pleased its a bang on the ankle, some reports were saying serious knee injury, lets hope it wont keep the lad out too long, hes a super little player.

  • Sav

    Dec 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Ferguson disgraced himself again. And that tackle on Anita deserved a second yellow whether it was the last minute or the first, and whether Valencia had a yellow already or not. Maybe that bit of leniency is what the extended haranguing of referee and linesman bought him. But the FA can have no credibility in preserving respect for match officials after condoning this.
    Well done to our lads for putting it up to the Mancs. KK would have been proud. But we need the points and the bit of class and experience of Debuchy or another CB could have been the difference as we panicked and wilted under pressure at the back. Such a shame.


    Dec 28, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #4

    The Injury time tackle on Anita was just not neccessary, and deserved a red card ! As did Fergusons continuous bitching on the sidelines during the most of the second half.

    But its Manure eh? If another manager behaved the same in another game or indeed if the roles were reversed and Pardew had done the same, a flink fine would be given and the trainer in question would be red carded and sent to the stands.

    However, because it was high and mighty Ferguson and Manure, Valencia gets away with a hospital challenge, it does,nt matter if it was malicious or not, the end result is the same!

    Anita could be out for months? at a time when he is needed in other fixtures, the other thing which pissed me off was the fact that nothing was mentioned on the MOTD programme in the evening, Shearer waxing lyrical about how well Manure played and absolutely no comments about how well the lads did? or for that matter Anita,s injury, but then why does this surprise me?

    Manure has the advantage that most of the referee,s are in awe of them and are frightened to give a dodgy decision against them! This has been so for years, and the rest of us are powerless to do anything about it?
    We now face the Gooners on saterday with little or no midfield and a defence leaking goals like a sieve !

    It will very much surprise me if we get anything in our next two games with Anita out for at least six weeks!


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