The latest injury picked up on the training pitch is an ankle injury for our top goalkeeper Tim Krul, and it seems the period he will be out keeps getting extended by manager Alan Pardew – but Newcastle have picked up far too many injuries in training this season.
Tim Krul – self-inflicted – out until Boxing Day?
Don’t forget that Siem de Jong’s long term injury, that will keep him out more than three months – was also picked up on the training pitch.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the 12-0 defeat at West Ham yesterday:
“Rob Elliot will be in goal for the next four or five games,” “It’s been blow after blow this year, but we’ve rode them and that’s been the key to our success.¨
“We’ve put younger players in and those in the group. We lose Tim but Rob’s produced a super performance.”
Here is the Newcastle schedule for next month:
December: Tue 02 19:45 A Burnley Sat 06 12:45 H Chelsea Sat 13 17:30 A Arsenal Wed 17 19:45 A Tottenham - Capital One Cup Sun 21 13:30 H Sunderland Fri 26 15:00 A Man Utd Sun 28 16:15 H Everton
So five games out from now takes us to Boxing Day, when we are at Manchester United, so that will be at least six games missed by the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Alan Pardew had said this a couple of weeks ago about the intensity of the training at Benton:
“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 and 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.”
It’s a bit of a catch 22 for Newcastle, and the manager will have to trade off having players injured – often for long periods – because of the intensity of the training – with the lads being a little less fit – but able to play for the side.
Newcastle have been top of the Premier League injury list for some weeks now – and we currently have 11 injuries, the same as Arsenal.
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