One of the things that has been going on behind the scenes at Newcastle over the last few months is an attempt to get our players super-fit, and that seems to have paid off during the current five game winning streak, where our players are closing the opposition down with the same intensity they started the game with.
Alan Pardew – admits to really pushing the players in training
So it’s all well and good to have our players super-fit, but with the extreme training Newcastle are doing we are going to pick up some injuries.
And that’s what unfortunately happened with Rolando Aarons and Steven Taylor before the last win at West Brom.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the 2-0 win at West Brom:
“We suffered two injuries in training, and I was a little bit disappointed with that.” “I met my staff, and we are going to change one or two things.”
“We are pushing these players to the limit.” “We’re trying to get the maximum we can out of them, and if you do that, you are going to lose players here and there.”
“The other players, you can tell, are really super-fit, and we’re strong.” “We still need a few more bodies back.” “As a group, we have to make sure we protect the players.”
“We need to give them the best possible chance to be at their maximum on a Saturday.” “We’re pushing the players, and we’re going to get injuries.”
“We’re pushing them because we want them to be fitter and stronger than everybody else, and so you’ve got a balance there.” “We’ve just got to make sure we get that right, because we lost one or two that perhaps we shouldn’t have.”
“Just one or two things need to change to make sure that we protect one or two individuals.” “Every player has a different set of circumstances, and we have got to take care of that.”
“We can take a breather, it has been terrific, and now we start again.”
Newcastle have been p;laying with real spirit over the last month or so, but at the moment we do have injuries to players like Colo, Steven Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Cheick Tiote, Manu Riviere and Rolando Aarons.
Rolando is out for a few weeks with another hamstring injury, and Colo could be out a few weeks with a calf problem.
Newcastle have a history of having the highest number of injuries of any Premier League club, so we hope we’re not going to go back those days, when our players seemed to fall like ninepins – there has to be some balance.
At the moment we are joint top of the Premier League injury league with Everton on 11 injuries, and since our squad is not very big, that’s got to be a concern.
It’s also interesting that some of the teams struggling at the bottom of the league like Burnley, QPR, Leicester City and Crystal Palace have very few injuries and are bottom of the league with just two injuries each.
If Steven Taylor is fit for Saturday we could see Taylor and Mike Williamson in central defense, but if Steven doesn’t make it look for Paul Dummett to keep his place in central defense and partner Mike.
That was the central defense partnership we ended up for the last 17 minutes at West Brom when Colo had to come off after scoring our second goal.
Massadio Haidara or Ryan Taylor could come in at left back, and Davide Santon is not too far away from returning either.
It’s hard to know what the team could be until we have an injury report from the club, but whoever plays on Saturday, we assume they will all be super-fit and keep up the intensity on QPR for the full 90 minutes.
If we do that we could get our sixth win in a row. 😀
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