Yet Another Important Newcastle Player Injured In Training

The number of times we hear that Newcastle players pick up hamstring injuries in training is getting to be a bit of a joke.

England v Romania: U20 International Friendly

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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23 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    That decision to let Hatem go is more genius at work from Pardull.

  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    There were stories going back when Sir Bobby was in charge that the training pitches were poorly constructed and that they were not layered correctly meaning that players would be more susceptible to pick up injuries.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #4


    Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United have never scored more than 1 goal against Sunderland in 7 attempts.

    Great work again, Alan.

  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Does this mean we signed the wrong man,Dave bil?
    …from Everton??
    can anyone copy and paste the full AP interview??

  • HoboToon

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #6

    @laurent robert

    Agree mate, look mancini had a bad bust up with tevez and balotelli but in the end, he brought teez back and put his ego aside. Ferguson brought back scholes even though he knew there would but critisicm. And these two managers are winners in my opinion. Even mourinho would play cristiano when he was fit even though they did not have the best relationships. What im saying is some of the most egoistic managers have put aside to do what is best for their club but pardew the biggest loser manager in the world who gets fired from every job wont and that pisses me off

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Pardew” Mike Ashley is not going anywhere he remains as committed to the the club as he’s always been”.

    Thank goodness you had me worried there for a minute Al, so Ash may really be going then!

  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #8


    As if Pardew has the first idea of what Ashley intends to do 😀

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Hobo, handling difficult players is a sign of a good manager. Sir Bobby got the best out of Bellamy. Souness called him a ‘bad apple’.

    Yet Colo can swan off round the world and come back and get his place back. Double standards.

    If Hatem has highlighted to Pardew his incompetence, then he’s only doing what thousands of fans would say as well. Not speaking up is brushing ineptness under the carpet. He needs a pat on the back for telling him, never mind being banished because of it.

  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10

    HBA’s was forced out by the senior players as much as Pardew, the whole lot of them are rotten and don’t deserve the honour of representing this club

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail, do you rreally think Padew wants players ( besides HBA ) dumped without replacement? What benefit is that to him. Th e reason, as i have said many times before that i object to some of the anti Pardew bile on here is not because i like him etc, but because the lunatic fringe will blame him for the next house robbery that takes place in Byker etc.

  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #12

    @Laurent: I’d be interested to see how many games we scored more than one against anybody, to be honest. Outside of the season we finished 5th, I don’t think there’s been many at all.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #13

    mojo – you were asked last week to explain your contention that I said things would be better after Percy was sacked or words to that effect. I’ve never said any such thing -asked you to provide your evidence -which you did not. Yet another one making things up about other posters -not through fact or logical deduction just inventing stuff if it suits your will.
    You just do not get it – comments invented about others forming the basis of your posts. Both you and teq (ooh thats a nice name) refuse to accept what you frequently do – manning up – to your errors would be a good starting place.

  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #14

    @Munster Mag: If you’re looking for a reason as to why Pardew wants to get rid of players who can’t play in his system, you just need to watch a selection of games under him. We were figured out after Everton beat us 2-1 and the only thing Pardew has changed is the formation.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #15


    The problem is Pardew should know what Ashley is like now, he has worked with him for the past 4 years almost…surely he shouldn’t be still of the belief Ashley will do the right thing with transfers other wise he is an idiot…and if he isn’t an idiot then surely he shouldn’t be so comfortable lying to us fans telling us we will replace people, etc etc.

    I do agree Ashley is the main problem and every chance we will have somebody like Dennis Wise as our new manager….but I really think I’d rather go back to Souness then keep Pardew, at least he has a backbone.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16


    I don’t think Ben Arfa is all Pardew’s fault….he has had this problem with every single one of his previous managers too, it’s an issue with the lad as well as the manager.

    The way the two of them handle people makes me surprised it lasted as long as it did.

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Did I or did I not say last week Aaron’s would develop a injury at sometime this week?

    You can predict what’s going on a NUFC better than predicting the weather.

    The lad hasn’t started a game so I don’t want to hear we’ve lost a important player. He was on the fringes of possibily getting a start no more.

    Yes he looked like our best outlet but still wasn’t a starter (yet). No excuses time for the manager to earn his £1.50 a week wage.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #18

    WTF is happening with Tiote?
    Supposedly injured ALL pre season
    For all 3 of are league fixtures, not even made the bench
    Goes and features in both his nations games during the break
    And now it’s being reported he’s not fit for the Southampton game!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #19

    @lee_ryder: Alan Pardew has dismissed talk of #nufc being up for sale
    @lee_ryder: Pardew on #nufc for sale: “That’s news to me I’ve heard no suggestion from him or any signs from him.”

    Why would they tell Pardew?

  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #20


    There’s something very wrong with the whole Tiote situation, just don’t expect an explanation from anyone at the club as to what the hell is going on

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Thump, I did some looking into that a while back I think, about the correlation between nicking a goal and second half containing. Can’t remember the final facts though.

    But you’re welcome to this one in the time being…


    In the 2012-13 season, Newcastle under Alan Pardew lost their final 3 home games, the only time in the club’s history that they have done so.

  • ganiyu

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    offloading Ben arfa was the right thing to do

  • sks_toon

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #23

    this is utter crap we could have used the most skilled player we had left at NUFC. by the end of the season you will see how wrong it was to let him go when we basically have no depth. The least you can say is that he is better than Obertan.

    ganiyu // Sep 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    offloading Ben arfa was the right thing to do


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