Alan Pardew talked after the great 2-0 win yesterday at West Brom, that he is concerned the Newcastle players are picking up too many injuries in training, and last week we lost Steven Taylor, Manu Riviere and Rolando Aarons to injuries picked up while preparing for the game at the Hawthorns.
Fab Coloccini after scoring second goal yesterday
Question – do you think the players are happy?
It’s been a problem for a while, and we remember when we lost Mike Williamson three years ago with a broken arm towards the end of Alan’s first half season in charge – which Mike somehow picked up while doing some work in the gym.
This is some of what Alan said after the game yesterday:
“We suffered injuries in training this week and I was a bit disappointed with that.” “I met my staff today and we are going to change one or two things.”
“But we are pushing these players to the limit, we are trying to get the maximum we can. If you do that then you are going to lose players here and there.”
“But the other players you can see are super fit and we are strong, but we do need a few more bodies back.” “I think Steven Taylor should be back for QPR, I think Riviere should be back and I’m hoping Colo comes through.”
Coloccini had to be replaced yesterday after picking up a knock, and Colo has been massive for us at the back in the last three and half games, when we haven’t conceded a goal.
And you could see what it means to the Argentine when he scored our second goal – and he dedicated the goal after the game to his Argentine colleague Jonas Gutierrez, who will be returning to the Newcastle squad early next month after beating cancer.
That was a nice touch from the captain.
It’s always been a problem at Newcastle with injuries picked up in training, and we remember Graeme Souness when he was manager (Sep 2004-Feb 2006) saying he thought it was the the Benton pitches that caused the players to puck up so many hamstring injuries.
But the first step towards solving a problem is recognizing one exists – so we hope whatever they are doing that is too much in training gets corrected.
But we agree with Alan tat our players are super fit, and they ran themselves into the ground for the cause again yesterday, and even in those last 10 minutes of the game, our lads were still closing down the West Brom players.
It was just great to watch.
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