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More Bad News For Newcastle On The Injury Front

2:26 pm, Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

We had wondered this morning whether Fab Coloccini or Steven Taylor would be fit for the Capital One Cup tie tomorrow night against Manchester City, but some bad news today from Alan Pardew that both players will not be fit.

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Steven Taylor – still not fit

Both players didn’t make it for the Sunderland game, which turned out to be another disaster for Newcastle, and neither will be able to line up in central defense tomorrow night either,  which must make our chances of winning that game even slimmer than they already are – but you never know.

This is what Alan Pardew has said today at his press conference:

“Colo and Steven Taylor won’t be available.”

So that means that either Paul Dummett or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will line up alongside Mike Williamson in central defense tomorrow night, and maybe it will be the Frenchman, who has served his one match ban for being sent off against Liverpool, with Paul Dummett moving to left back.

Steven Taylor has been out for quite a while with a hamstring problem, and has played only 45 minutes this season at Manchester City before being sent off in that game, and he seems to have injured the hamstring again last Thursday,  so heaven knows how long he will be out.

But it’ seems another injury ravaged season for the local lad from Whitley Bay.

Colo has a groin strain and could be available for the Chelsea game on Saturday, but Pardew thinks that both players will still be doubtful for Saturday,  so once again we are short in defense, because of injuries to Colo and Steven Taylor – who were also out for long periods of last season too.

And these injuries again point to a lack of depth in central defense at Newcastle, which also existed last season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wolfshead@toon // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM


    isnt abramovic in the billionaires club same as ashley he bought chelsea as a rich mans toy to have some fun and he spent his money to get success as you would crave to if you have that kind of cash assley is just an acquisitive scrooge who has no joy or ambition regarding football he is queer one for certain

  • 2 BandB // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    If those bright folks at the Chron really don’t want to miss a trick, they should write “Sports Direct Owner Ashley” into their headlines.
    That way they would show up on all those millions of Google searches for Sports Direct.
    The fanzine editors and bloggers could get lots of lovely free hits for their articles that way too.

  • 3 cyprus // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    DOF fetish lol.

    As always, we’ll need two goals to win any of the forthcoming games.
    HBA will be key: he plays well, we win. He doesn’t we lose. On same subject, give Marveaux a chance (ie. a FULL game) in at least one of those 3 games.

    On tactics: maybe we can’t pass our way to victory here, we’re not exactly a tiki-taka outfit (just tiki). So, in the next couple games, a little bit of hoof ball perhaps? Everton did it to us, so did Sunderland. When it works it’s so tactically astute, catching the opposition unawares :)

    On the injuries front, Ed, you didn’t mention our wonderful performance guru.

  • 4 JackButler // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    TBH Saylor is no great miss as he’s a liability

  • 5 BandB // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM


    No such thing as bad publicity?
    Ask Neil Kinnock.

  • 6 belgrade fan // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Why r we keeping this S Taylor??? always injured, mistake prone, average at the best. Sell him, wasting time with him

  • 7 JackButler // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM


    Tactics are rendered useless as there’s no intensity in our play, we constantly give the ball away then stroll around waiting for someone else to win it back. We don’t press the play, close down space or force the opposition to at a quickened pace, we simply allow them time and space to play their game

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM


    As i said at the end of the comment, not such thing as bad publicity unless it’s a hard hitting story.

    Criminal offences, exploitation of people, etc

    Annoying football fans isn’t that high on that list, it would just be more press for him.

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM


    I think this is the worst footbal we have endured since souness

  • 10 cyprus // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    “He has no joy regarding football.”
    You ain’t serious man, surely.
    Let me add one: “He wants us to fail.”

    Man, I hate standing up for this rich guy. That’s it. Mike, man, open an account here and defend yourself, yourself! :)

    If Pardew embarrassingly loses all three he should be fired, immediately.

  • 11 cyprus // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    spot on. What to do, though. It’s in desperation that vI mentioned hoof ball, you know that.

  • 12 BandB // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM


    Not really. Gerald Ratner wiped out his empire by describing his products as “crap.”
    If the media didn’t think a billionaire trying to gag his local papers was a story people would read, it wouldn’t have made the online edition of NBC News in America, ITV News, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Telegraph et al.

  • 13 JackButler // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Transfer Sage

    I think he’s lost the dressing room mate, players are simply going through the motion’s just doing the bare minimum to get through the game.

    There’s no desire or passion, Sunderland, Hull and the like’s didn’t beat us because they were better than us, they simply wanted it more than us. Pardew claimed we bossed the game on Sunday but how many chances did we actually create???

  • 14 cyprus // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    What’s the deal with Remy? He gone, like Cisse? Why don’t we create more chances? Where’s the intensity? Are we less fit than other teams? Why can’t we play 90′? Why do we bunch up at corners and then NEVER even create an opportunity (forget score)?

    AP, you got an account? Please comment.

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM


    But thats a massive insult against his own products.

    I agree it’s not good to gag local papers, but hardly like a dictator gagging the press by killing people, or even as bad as an injuction as stories can still be reported, just reporters can’t enter the ground.

    I don’t like the situation, but I doubt this will have any impact whatsover on sports direct in the slightest. sports direct got criticism in the house of commons about 90% of staff on zero hour contracts and rec’d press coverage of sweatshops in the far east and yet still their profits continue to grow.

    This won’t make a difference to them.

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM


    we don’t create chances i accept that, it happens far too often we resort to pot shots from distance, we are just quite lucky that we have players capable of individual magic which helps us.

  • 17 G // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    The only good thing that will come from this injury crisis is the difficulty involved in the next 3 games, against City, Chelsea and Spurs. Surely MA can’t have a manager that loses 4 on the bounce… can he? This has to be the end for AP, lets have Sean Dyche in.

  • 18 JackButler // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM


    Whether it’s long ball and a more passing style of approach will be rendered useless with that intensity……………….be we are in desperate need of something to happen.

    I was at the Cardiff game with two season ticket holders and they asked me what I thought the score would be, I told them that we were capable of winning 0-6 or losing 6-0, such is the nature of this squad under Pardew

  • 19 lesh // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    B&B. That’s a cracking idea #2.

    And, who could gave said ‘And these injuries again point to a lack of depth in central defense at Newcastle, which also existed last season’?

    No, it wasn’t Joe (Judge Me On My Signings).

  • 20 BandB // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM


    If high profile companies thought there was no such thing as bad publicity, PR would not be one of the fastest growing industries around the world.
    Neither would Ashley have taken this action if it was all no skin off his nose.
    I’m off for a bit. See you soon.

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