There seems to be awful lot of injuries Newcastle players are picking up at the moment, and the Mirror is reporting that both Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor will be out for a month with injuries they have picked up.
Steven Taylor – out for a month with knee injury
The Mirror report is that Fabricio Coloccini has suffered a muscle tear, and that Steven Taylor, who has been plagued by injury for the last four years at Newcastle – has a knee injury.
In the last five seasons including this one since we returned to the Premier League – Steven has only made 79 appearances for the first team, and a lot of his absences have been due to injuries.
And add the fact that Mehdi Abeid has broken a toe while on full International duty with Algeria for the first time, and there are three new injuries that Newcastle have picked up and must deal with.
Abeid may only be out two weeks but the Newcastle medics have yet to see it and give a prognosis on the injury.
We think Alan Pardew is right to have a thorough investigation as to why our players are picking up all these injuries – unless it’s just plain bad luck – but we haven’t exactly got a big squad to cope with a lot of injuries.
Rolando Aarons is out with a hamstring injury – and that’s probably because he came back too soon from the first hamstring injury he picked up a couple of months ago.
In retrospect perhaps he shouldn’t have been rushed back for the game at Manchester City in the League Cup.
You just knew that we would at some point suffer injuries to our central defenders after we let Mapou Yanga Mbiwa go out on loan to Roma – it’s Murphy’s Law in action.
If something can go wrong – it will go wrong.
We have only three experienced center-backs with Mapou gone, but the good news is that local lad Paul Dummett has shown he can play well at center-back and the last time we checked he wasn’t injured and is with the Welsh squad.
It’s a big blow to Newcastle that Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor are out for the next four weeks – because they have both played very well over the last several games, when we have kept four clean sheets in the last five games.
We are assuming Mike Williamson is fit and ready to go on Saturday, and we suppose it will be Mike and Paul Dummett in central defense next Saturday against QPR – simply because they are the only two we have fit.
Newcastle have lost Gabby Obertan, Rolando Aarons, Fab Coloccini. Mehdi Abeid and Steven Taylor in the last few weeks to injury.
We are hoping that Cheick Tiote will also be fit for Saturday, so he can come back into central midfield.
What do you think?
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