Injury Concerns Ahead Of Chelsea Game


Do you remember back in December 10th, 2011 when we had most of our center backs out injured,  and Danny Simpson and James Perch played in central defense at newly promoted Norwich, and they  put in high crosses all the time and we lost that game 4-2?

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – played well last night

We seem to be short of center-backs again,  after last night’s exit from the Capital One Cup, and both Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who played a solid game,  and Paul Dummett picked up knocks, and we already have both Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini out injured and said to be very doubtful for Saturday.

Centre back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa picked up a knock last night, and Paul Dummett  has a hamstring injury, and both are unlikely to play on Saturday against Chelsea, according to reports.

The players will be assessed  today by Newcastle’s medical staff, and maybe we’ll find out what the injury situation is tomorrow, when Alan Pardew is due to  give his press conference for the Chelsea game.

At least Mike Williamson is fit,  but if Colo, Steven Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa and Paul Dummett are not fit, then who will come in at center-back?

Newcastle are again leaking too many goals this season, and we’ve always thought we need another top class center-back in the squad , if only because Colo and Steven Taylor seem to pick up so many injuries during a season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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80 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    “We’ve got to hope we get the breaks against Chelsea. If we play like that every week, we’ll be OK.” “If can hit the levels we hit against City, we’ve got a chance against Chelsea.”

    the guy is an ass,

    we play like this once in a blue moon you idiot, we all know we have the ability,

    you have to force your luck sometimes in life, you carnt complain about not winning the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket, and nor can you complain about losing if your not prepared to go out and attack for the win,

    sitting back and playing keep ball is not going to win games numpty

    and that’s the galling truth

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Did yanga pick up a knock?

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  • Graeme

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Could anyone over 6′ 4″, reasonably fit & healthy, please turn up early on Saturday and please bring your boots – you might be playing against Chelsea.

    It is rumoured that there will be NO charge, if selected to play!!!

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  • Scottiedog

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Drop Cisse and start Shola. Put the two Adams on the bench!!

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    yes tads he hurt his arse sitting down to let citeh score their first goal

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  • toon1707

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Might get to streete on the bench heard really good things about him but never seen him play myself

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    i still dont know why dummett came on for haidara. Was he (haidara) injured? if not it was a completely unnecessary sub

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Mbiwa redeemed himself in my book. Keeping Man Citys strikers at bay for 90 mins is no mean feat. When the goal came I think our boys were simply exhausted. If hes fit I would start him and Willo again on Saturday.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m 6’5″. Can I get a game? 🙂

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    citys second string were always comfortable and pellegrini had a couple of top trumps sat on the bench

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Could this be the man

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2478559/Sean-Dyche-ginger-Mourinho-transformed-Burnley-Championship.html

    Can’t believe how Shola has his usual 1 good game in 10 and everyone wants him to start !! Shola = 442 hoof ball which may come off occasionally but he’s not a 90 min man who can gel with Remy.

    What about Remy in the centre with Marv and Benny either side in a 433 or even playing a sweeper in a 352 or 343.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    catchy

    It really doesn’t sound very professional when a manager comes out and says ” we’ve got to hope”
    What next ” fingers crossed” !!!!!!

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  • Ciaran

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    We’re in a little bit of trouble here folks. We’ve been relatively injury free and our squad is already being tested. 2 really tough games followed by 2 must win home games. Interesting set of fixtures coming up.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Chelsea play football so not such pressure for a 6ft, 5” CH

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #15

    rotonda

    i think dyche would rather try to over achieve with burnley than under achieve with assleys football version of les miserables

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    toonbrother…They said Haidara was injured.

    Ciaran…Aye, it doesn’t look too promising. We must be nearing December!

    Would it be a defeatist attitude to use the next two games as experiments then? For me, the biggest issue Pardew has to face the next two games is to now allow the players heads to completely drop.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Have the supporters of Ashley now come to realise that they have been on the wrong horse. I dont care if people like Darnsarf hide behind the anti ashley extremists on this site , they are still wrong, or else they just dont love the club like the rest of us. I speak as a non geordie ( although I was once told I was an adopted one ! ) and one who was listening to the radio as a child when we played Bastia all those years ago ( and lost ) . I’m getting really fed up with this mediocrity. The centre half situation says it all. A patent lack of investment from a stupid ignorant owner who has really only succeeded in getting rid of high wager earners ( well done, but it didnt take genius ) , and killed the natural buoyancy of the fans. An absolute shame. But hey, he’s the best owner we’ve ever had and he hasnt changed the name or the stripes, so we should be grateful.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda

    It’s not that I think shola is part of our best team but he is part of our best team with pardew.

    With playing deep and not really using a passing game well at all using shola with remy up top runnin behind might be the way we get the best from pardew if that makes sense.

    Is obviously prefer a manager like pochettino who plays better football just I think we are more dangerous under pardew in 442 with shola. Let’s face it, he’s not going to set them up to play brilliant passing stuff, we’ve seen it. And i can’t see him getting sacked…so whilst he’s here maybe we should make the best of a bad situation?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Also we are a keeper and CB away from a full French 11

    Not important just wanted to say

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Much of our problems stem from Pardews inability to motivate. Apart from the Sunderland mess ( again ) , we rarely look at iff all the players are motivated. Most might be – but not all. Did you see the state of Cabaye last night? Very little effort at tackling, but still picks up a yellow for petulance. Guys like Sissoko and Gouffy are rarely both fully “up for it” . From my viewings of the first half, Sissoko did very little all half. And his purchase still comes down to a principal I brought up ages ago – do we buy players to suit the playing style as directed by the manager, or do we just strike when we see value? I think we all know the answer. Incidentally, Anita HAS to start more games – a fine player.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Munster….I know the answer! Pick me! Pick me!

    Agree on Anita. I don’t think he’s much use as an impact sub, he needs to start games.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Something I mentioned to a pal ages ago ….a big worry would be if we sack pardew ( no point, unless we get someone better ) , we will go for a good old british boss – as advised by Kinnear. My guess ? Big Eck….I mean he won a trophy with Brom didnt he?? Heeeeellllppp !!!!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #24

    Munster

    That’s a worry but would he do much worse than pardew? Just be more of the same.

    Hopefully we can go for somebody more modern, there’s a few British coaches like that too though, and a lot British based.

    I always forget his name but the guy who does his coaching in carrinean national sides and America I think too, the English AVB from what I read.

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #25

    i said recently these 3 games are gioing to be vital , city chelsea spurs . we had a great chance to pick up a trophy this year but pards bottled it last night- playing cisse and leaving remy on bench .
    The 2 prem games are now a no brainer, best to hope for is damage limitation, – by the middle of nov we will be in the bottom 3, with a manager not knowing his arse from his elbow, we are in dire need of a miricle.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #26

    Munster…My issue with a new manager is that most forward thinking managers, whilst happy to work under tight constraints at times, they do want to be part of an ambitious set up. Something we certainly don’t appear to be.

    I just don’t see a replacement manager changing too much at all

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  • Belfast

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #27

    I think somebody like Di Matteo or Steve Clarke could get far more out of the current crop of players.

    Playing players in their proper positions would be a great start like.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #28

    munster

    is it any surprise the players arent up for it when they hear the owner doesnt want to win a cup they must be thinking well may your wish be granted lets go through the motions and pick up our wages

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  • Belfast

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #29

    So Ibiza did we draw or lose last night ?? 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Belfast…Both! 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Wolfshead…Maybe the same sentiment could be applied to the manager?

    Personally I am of the opinion that each and every one of our recruits, players and manager, have been sold this 5 year plan, which has slowly but surely been pulled apart since.

    It’s just about paydays at this point, I think.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Chelsea will be hard, they looked very good the other night

    we should all start preying today

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  • belgrade fan

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Am I the only one who thinks our season is finished yesterday?? Or our priority is FA Cup now? For sure we wont win it, wont be in first 5, so what is our goal now? And Im not going to lose my nerves waiting to see where shall we finish between 10 and 17 place. And thats all about supporting this club

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #34

    TADS

    I understand that Campbell came back because that club had a striker come back early from injury and he wasn’t going to get a game. No point in sending him out on loan to sit on the bench, he may as well keep training with our reserves, so it’s down to a Championship or League One club thinking that he’s better than what they have.

    Agree with you on the other players too. Then there’s others like Newton, Armstrong, Streete etc. who have time to break through. I wonder what has happened to Bigi too? Looked good in a few games but totally out of the picture recently.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh no just read that the fatigue is setting in. Haha

    He should have been a politician that bloke…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Let’s be honest we haven’t got a bad squad and the SIX quality players in January and Remy now didn’t just magic themselves here.

    Truth is you could give Pardew Messi and he’d probably play him right wing back and order him to track back.

    We have low grade drinking buddies of Ashley’s in key positions, ie manager and D.O.F. For that and rejecting the Mansoors for pure selfish greed and accepting Wonga as a sponsor I hold Ashley in utter contempt.

    However, it’s Pardew’s inate ability to turn good players bad almost overnight seemingly that ranks with me the most.

    Ibiza

    Sorry to see that non story re – Llambias. Really thought we could be on to something there.

    Sage

    People got really sick of the 442 last year. It really didn’t produce anything other than a 16 th place finish. It may have looked effective for 20 mins in a winner take all one off contest but over a season would drag us down even further if that were possible.

    I think we should be looking at Spain for both manager and players. Either that or get a French manager to manage a French team. Alternatively Solksjaer or Bergkamp would drive themselves here for the chance. Well before speaking with JFK that is !!

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  • daztoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Once again Under Pardew we finish the game like the away side hanging on,rather than the home side going for the win.

    We had both Remy and Obertan on the bench but again Pardew goes for a five man midfield which hasn’t worked on previous meetings v City and again failed.

    Like Ashley the man doesn’t learn from his mistakes

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  • mushy

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ve been thinking (cue witty response)….

    The consensus seems to be that Pardew is mediocre at best and a young, forward thinking, better manager could get so much more out of the current squad. Well, I for one agree wholeheartedly. But here’s the rub. What impact would that have on management’s thinking? Would they push-on and go for European involvement, or would they see the improved return on their investment as a way of spending less to achieve the status quo ie mid-table lucrative mediocrity?

    Sad to say, I know which option I predict.

    I was at that Bastia game. Jonny Rep tore us apart.

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  • belgrade fan

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Nobody to answer me? Whats our goal? When you guys watch games, what shall you think- god, if we win we will push for 5th place or god we are safe in 15th position?? is that all about?

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Got to watch the match last night….

    I felt that Citeh massively underperformed…..but as soon as they brought on Silva they looked like a different team. We were playing some very unattractive football, with loads of long balls and not enough balls along the ground. There is no width and our attacking prospects were impotent without the presence of Cabaye and HBA who transformed the game. The reality is we should have won this game……but became unstuck with some terrible defending AGAIN. AP offers nothing to this team of players on either the attacking or defending front. Sorry but based on this performance which was an improvement on the scum performance…AP still needs to go!

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