In his press conference yesterday, Alan Pardew revealed that Steven Taylor has picked up another hamstring injury this week in training, and that will keep him out for the next two or three games, and while Jonas Gutierrez is on his way back, he’s still not exactly fully fit, but will train on Monday.
Steven Taylor – out for two or three games
This is some of what Alan Pardew said in his press conference yesterday:
“We’ve not had the greatest of weeks on the injury front,” “Steven looks like he’s hurt his hamstring, and will have a little period out.”
“Shola’s not available again, and could be out for one to three weeks. Jonas is still on the road, but will still train Monday.”
“Outside that, all of the team that played at Villa are OK, and the subs are all good to go.”
We’ve noticed we haven’t had too many injuries so far this season, and we suspect that may be because of the influence of fitness Director Faye Downy, although we are not sure how much participation she has in the training at the moment.
And another player who is injured is Shola Ameobi, who returned last week with a slight knock after representing Nigeria.
Shola Ameobi – injured again
But that slight knock ha turned into something that will now keep Shola out for up to three weeks or so, and that seems to have happened a lot in Shola’s career, that small knocks seems to keep him our for long periods of time, and it’s very rare we get more than half a season out of the Nigerian International.
But these injuries shouldn’t affect the first team too much right now, as none of the three are currently starting in the side, and at the moment Loic Remy is playing out on the left wing, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is first choice at center-back alongside Fab Coloccini, and Mapou has been playing well and seems to improve in every game.
Shola and Steven have been blighted by injuries over the years, and the injury jinx seems to have hit the two local lads again – and that’s unfortunate.
It will be interesting to see as the season progresses, if we can get a handle on the injuries, because they simply decimated our squad and our season last term.
And with Steven out tomorrow, we could see a rare appearance by Mike Williamson on the bench.
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