One of the things that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias should ask Alan Pardew for, when they have their enquiry into what (the heck) happened this season, is how come we have picked up so many injuries, and too many of them in training.
Moussa Sissoko - could miss QPR game
Only last week Massadio Haidara picked up a hamstring injury in training, and then when the team was announced for the West Ham game on Saturday, Moussa Sissoko was missing, and we found out he has a knee injury, which he also picked up in training last week.
And now we learn that the French International is even doubtful for Newcastle’s game at Queens Park Rangers next Sunday, which is shaping up to be a must-win game for us.
That’s a tall order for Newcastle, since we’ve managed only one win on the road all season – which is almost unbelievable for a side that won eight games away last season.
But there again we are a completely different team in the Premier League this season – and in truth we’ve been hopeless.
And Shola Ameobi left Upton Park on crutches on Saturday, although that was a precautionary measure for what appears to be some kind of foot injury.
This is what Alan Pardew said today in the local press:
“Moussh got injured on Tuesday. We thought he’d be OK.” “It was enough to keep him out though. Whether it keeps him out next week, I don’t know yet.”
“We could have done with his power. We’ll have to wait and see. It’s his knee.”“I don’t think Haidara will be fit, Santon, maybe.” “We’re pushing Santon to be available.”
So we have to hope that Shola’s injury is not too serious, and that at least Davide Santon is fit again – we could do with all the players we can get in our last two games of the season, if we are to survive.
Sunderland play at home to Stoke tonight and a draw will see them move above Newcastle, and well be 4th bottom, and if Wigan win tomorrow night at home to Swansea, we’ll be in 3rd bottom place when we meet QPR on Sunday – unbelievable.
Wigan and Swansea are two teams that will be in the Europa League next season, based on their performances in the FA Cup and League Cup respectively.
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