The number of times we hear that Newcastle players pick up hamstring injuries in training is getting to be a bit of a joke.
Rolando Aarons in action for England U20 last week
And the really bad news today is that Rolando Aarons, who we hoped would start the game against Southampton on Saturday and is the man in form, is now out of that game, and maybe out for a good few weeks after that too, with a hamstring injury.
We have far too many injuries picked up in training, and we sometimes wonder what goes on in the first team training.
Siem de Jong picked up a serious thigh injury in training early last week, and he’s said to be out for about four months – and these injuries are hardly going to help Newcastle pick up points in the next few games.
But it does look like Cheick Tiote will be fit for Saturday, after recovering from his own hamstring injury, but after playing two games in the last five games for Ivory Coast we don’t know whether he will start.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“Unfortunately, Aarons hurt his hamstring,” “He’s come back from England U20s, and we’re disappointed with that because he was flying.¨
“We’re going to have to try to prepare him now for the next couple of weeks to getting back into the training group. That’s another blow to us.¨
“I hope Cheick comes back tomorrow OK, but I’m a little bit disappointed that after agreeing with the manager that he wouldn’t play 90 minutes because he hasn’t really trained for us,.¨
¨He’s played two 90 minutes. We’re very disappointed with them.¨ “I wouldn’t have thought he will start at Southampton, not after not having a game then playing two 90 minutes games for his country. ¨
¨He’ll certainly be in the squad if he’s fit for sure.”
Alan Pardew is perfectly within his rights to complain about what the Ivory Coast did this last week by giving Cheick two full games.
Cheick hadn’t played one competitive minute for Newcastle this season, before he went off on the International break early last week.
He then plays two full games for the Ivory Coast and comes back to Newcastle, and now he will probably not start on Saturday because he’s played too many games over the last five days or so.
There’s something wrong with that, when the country seems to get priority over the club that pays his wages, and it seems it was against Newcastles wishes too. 🙁
Former manager Graeme Souness used to complain about all the hamstring injuries Newcastle players used to pick up in training, and Graeme’s theory was that it was the pitches at the Benton training ground.
But it’s going to be really difficult for Newcastle to get anything out of the game at Southampton – yet it’s also crucial we get something.
If we are beaten we’ll have only 2 points from the first four games, and that’s not good – not after what happened in the last two seasons of mediocrity.
And the person that puts under pressure more than anybody else is Alan Pardew.
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