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Latest Injury Update At Newcastle – Good News

10:05 am, Friday, November 8th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

There’s some good news today that both Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote are back in full training and both should be fit for the visit to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

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Fab Coloccini – fit for Tottenham

Both players could start the game, with the biggest question being whether Alan Pardew will bring back his captain against Spurs, after both Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have played so well in the last couple of  games.

This is what the manager has said today:

“Colo’s trained the last two or three days, and is OK,” “Cheick is good. He’s in great form at the moment, and it’s important that he is available.”

“Steven Taylor should be OK after the international break.”

Tiote picked up a calf injury in the last game against Chelsea, and Colo picked up his groin injury while on International duty with Argentina a few weeks ago.

Steven Taylor has played only 45 minutes so far this season, the first half of the season at Manchester City, when he was sent off just before half time.

And injury problems have again interrupted his career at Newcastle, and this time it’s been a hamstring problem.

And we wonder what the status of Jonas Gutierrez is – since the last time we heard anything he was back in Argentina dealing with a personal issue.

Both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara  will not be risked this Sunday, as they both are  recovering from hamstring problems.

Ever noticed how many hamstring injuries our players pick up during a season?

When Graeme Souness was manager, he thought it was the turf at the Benton training center that was responsible for those hamstring strains.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Cheick Tiote · Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · Jonas Gutierrez · Massadio Haidara · Paul Dummett



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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Pointless posting at this time of day.

  • 2 Our Toon // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Repost!!

    We certainly need a CF who can hold the ball up, strong…Benteke/Lukaku type of CF, knowing the 3 stooges Ashley, JFK and Pards we will probably go in for Zigic from B’ham

  • 3 Ibizatoon // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Jail…Ouch!

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Our Toon,
    “knowing the 3 stooges Ashley, JFK and Pards we will probably go in for Zigic from B’ham”

    Knowing the way we have done our transfer business in what world are we likely to go for Zigic? Many things can be said of the regime, but in the main we have signed some good footballers. Yes, we should have signed more, and yes at the appropriate time but that doesn’t equal us wanting to sign Zigic.

  • 5 Our Toon // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    For all the Cisse bashing that goes on here, have fans ever watched his game carefully? A lot of us are watching the ball when we go to games and get frustrated when Cisse is offside. He actually makes some really good runs but the pass is almost always delayed, I think Cabs is the only one who knows his game well. Thought Remy played better when Cisse came on Saturday, Both Remy and Shola wanted to drop deep when playing together, with Cisse alongside Remy it released him, he was on the left, dropping deep and looked a much better player for it. Remy up front by himself is as useless as Cisse at this present time, both together produce better performances!!

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    So then, now Colo has been confirmed fit to play, who thinks he’ll be starting tomorrow and if so, for who?

    Have to say, I really don’t know how to call it. I’d like to think that the current partnership has earned the right for another start together.

  • 7 Our Toon // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Lilongwe,

    The reason I say that is because Carr no longer has the ear of our DOF, things have changed unless you missed the summer of inactivity, for all Llambias wrongs at least he listened to Carr (to a certain extent)….our esteemed manager wanted to bring in the likes of Bent and Tomkins, Douglas transfer was cancelled (Carr Recommendation) Bent was entertained (Pards Recommendation) we ended up with a player that we wanted in Jan but as long as he joined for next to nothing than perfect, if we had shown ambition we should have wrapped up Aubumang deal in Jan or May. We are not looking to spend much money now it’s all about making money!! This summer was the first time the 3 stooges I referred to had a collective say over who we bought in…..and we borrowed instead of bought

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Cisse makes good runs some of the time, but for the main part they are straight. He will very rarely angle his runs, or curve them. I can’t remember once seeing him run along the back line and then curve in behind a defender. The best centre forwards do this because not only does it lower the risk of being offside, but it also pulls defenders out of place creating space for others.

    In his own way, he is a decent player, but to play the role we ask of him his touch isn’t good enough, his passing isn’t up to it and he struggles to hold up play. His biggest problem though is that he seems to come from the Obafemi Martins school of goalscoring. Give him a split second to hit it, fine, give him a chance where he has time to think about it, more often than not he misses.

    Based on last years stats in terms of goal to shot conversion etc according to Whoscored.com one of his weaknesses is his finishing….

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Our Toon,
    But still borrowed well – unless you think Remy is awful and didn’t buy a player who struggles in the Championship.

    As for the inactivity, that still doesn’t mean we sign bad players. If we had got Bent for £2million, I wouldn’t have been to pleased, but so far he has scored more Premier league goals than most of our centre forwards this season, imagine what a striker weighing in with an extra 3 goals so far this season would have done for us.

    No one is saying we spend a lot of money, but we could have spent twice what we have on the players we have bought and they would still be good players.

    So, no, there is no way anyone at the club, no matter what their ambition, would be looking to sign Zigic….

  • 10 martoon // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie @4 More likely to recall Emile Heskey from Newcastle Jets :)

  • 11 Munster Mag // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Lilongwe, I rate Cisse far more than Obafemi Martins. Much more clinical finisher, when on form, in the right set – up. I totally agree about his lines of running though. Sadly he will have to go if we dont see more this season, and i can live with that. I wonder what ages Martins is now? 42 ? :) :)

  • 12 santonthenewmaldini // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I dont think Colo should come back into the team did we not get mauled the last time he was playing at the back in an away game? Mbiwa was playing that game but has looked a lot better with Willamson playing just think against Spurs Soldado wont fancy getting bullied off Willo and Mbiwa’s pace will be needed to stop the likes of Townsend being able to burst through

    I always hate it when we bring players back straight away as it usually results in them not being fit should start with the same team should start with this Anita if Tiote is not fit and if Tiote is fully fit then put Anita on for Shola just to start with to control the midfield

  • 13 Our Toon // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    We don’t penetrate enough for his game. We are set up defensively and he was a player who prospered when he first came in a team that was attacking….was one of the top scorers in Budusliga in a team that was fighting relegation….tough league!! Goals against Swansea perfect example of releasing the ball at the right time, even the goal v villa last season away!! Now when we attack we have 1 person in the box, even in the first half against Chelsea it was the same. The season we finished 5th we had 3 or 4 bodies in there!! Look at Southampton as a unit, we have a better squad with better first team 11 I believe but they have a manager who understands the modern game…Pressing high up the pitch, getting 4/5 players in the box to get goals. Buying the right players to fit his formation and not just buying for the sake of buying!! That’s what can be achieved with an ambitious manager, it’s what you do without the ball that is just as important as when you have it!!

  • 14 cyprus // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I know we shouldn’t give up on players… Look at Deb, Anita and Tiote now, red faces on those who criticized them.

    YET: I’ve all but given up on Taylor. 1. He never plays, hence is a disruption when he returns. 2. He is prone to Bramble-style howlers.
    Also, given up on Obertan. It’s crazy but I’ve never seen him dribble past a player! (as always, video evidence would be much appreciated) This is a winger, he’s supposed to dribble, once in a while. I would’ve done that, at least once, in 3 years.

    PS. Ed, go to bed man, you’ve lost a lot of posters three four threads back :)

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Munster,
    Yeah, Cisse is a better finisher than Martins but both have the same traits in that if they have too much time they seem to struggle. Just a lack of composure, and I’d imagine that is something which is difficult to resolve.

    Confidence would help, but we were saying last season all it will take is one to go in off his backside and he will be back. That actually happened against WBA, but things didn’t improve. He would score the odd match winner, but still his form didn’t pick up.

    I’m not sure of the issue really, but I reckon that it will need a transfer and fresh start for him to resolve it.

  • 16 derekm // Nov 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Sorry Colo – you know as well as we all do you are off home to sort out the missus as soon as the last kick of the season has been taken, why the hell would we change a winning, balanced team?

  • 17 bobby mango // Nov 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Thanks goodness for Faye Downey eh???

  • 18 toonicle // Nov 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    So much for Faye keeping our players free of injuries huh? 4 guys out with hamstring problems?




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