The hiring of Faye Downey as fitness consultant at Newcastle this summer could yet be a masterstroke for next season, and certainly through pre-season we’ve had very few injuries, and even those Newcastle have had – like the leg injury to Jonas Gutierrez is not too bad – and he will probably be fit to play on Monday night at Manchester City.
Ben Arfa – in action against SC Braga
Last season we had long term injuries to Yohan Cabaye, Fab Coloccini, Tim Krul, Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa, and those are some of our very best players.
Ben Arfa hardly played again after he picked up that bad hamstring injury against Maritimo, but he’s looked fit and good in pre-season, and Alan Pardew talked about the mercurial one on the Newcastle web-site last night:
“He’s shown up well in the last couple of games.” “He’s a player that you need to be very careful with, because of the injuries that he’s had and we’ve nursed him through the pre-season and really geared it up these last two weeks.”
“And he looks a lot better for it. We’re hoping that if we can get a full season, out of him then I think our season will go hand in hand and it’ll be a success.”
If Newcastle can keep the players fit and free from injury this season, then we could have a very good season, although injuries happen, but hopefully they can be kept to a minimum this coming season.
Last season was a disaster on the injury front and that coupled with the 14 extra games we had to play in the Europa League, simply decimated the Newcastle squad, which wasn’t big enough to start with.
But with less games Newcastle should be able to perform a lot better in the Premier League this coming season.
That’s what we’re hoping for in any case, but Joe Kinnear still has to bring at least one top striker before the summer transfer window closes on Monday, September 2nd.
It’s been a bit of a frustrating summer for most Newcastle fans, but hey, let’s keep the faith – we still have a number of very good players in the current squad.
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