15 Players Missing For Burnley – Goalkeeper Crisis Looms

Theres some bad news today coming from Alan Pardew that Tim Krul’s ankle injury he picked up in training is worse than first thought – and he could now be out up to six weeks – so that’s about eight games he could miss.


Tim Krul – out about six weeks ….. at least

We noticed that Alan Pardew kept increasing the number of game she could miss, since he picked up the injury last week in training. is set to miss the entire festive period, with his ankle injury expected to keep him out for up to six weeks.

The goalkeeper missed Newcastle United’s 1-0 loss at West Ham United on Saturday and he’s been diagnosed with ligament damage in his ankle.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“It will be weeks, probably, so I think he’ll be back mid-January or the start of January if we’re lucky,”  “It’s a big blow for the players and it’s a big blow for us.¨

“Robbie certainly needed that game at West Ham on Saturday because he hadn’t played for a while, and that’s where those games in the League Cup are very, very important.¨

“We’ve chopped and changed our team for the last seven games and we’ve won six of them, so we don’t fear it. Robbie is more than capable of deputising for Tim and we wish him well.”

If Tim is not available before January 1st that means he will have missed nine games for Newcastle, and it puts Newcastle into a bit of a crisis should Rob Elliot be injured.

That’s because we have 21 year-old Jak Alnwick as the current back-up goalkeeper, and Jak has never played for Newcastle in a competitive game.

Most PL teams have three experienced goalkeepers, and we wonder if Rob does get injured (that would be Murphy’s Law in action again),  whether we will be able to recall Karl Darrow from Nottingham Forest – probably not.

Hopefully next year when Karl Darrow comes into the first team squad,  we will have three experienced goalkeepers at the club.

This injury situation at the club at the moment is simply ridiculous.

Here’s the injury list according to Physioroom.com today:

M Haidara	Knock	             2nd Dec 14	 
M Williamson	Knock	             2nd Dec 14	 
D Janmaat	Hamstring 	     no return date	 
T Krul	        Ankle/Foot    	     10th Jan 15	 
R Taylor	Knee	             1st Jan 15	 
M Abeid	        Ankle/Foot           6th Dec 14	 
F Coloccini	Calf/Shin 	     2nd Dec 14	 
R Aarons	Hamstring   	     2nd Dec 14	 
G Obertan	Hip/Thigh 	     no return date	 
J Gutierrez	Testicular Cancer    no return date	 
S De Jong	Thigh                1st Jan 15	 
D Santon	knee	             no return date	 
C Good	        Groin/Pelvis 	     no return date	

Notice that Curtis Good has been out injured since March 1st – what’s going on with his injury he picked up in his debut for Australia?

And add to those 13 Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko – who are suspended for the game tomorrow at Turf Moor.

As we said – it’s ridiculous.

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226 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    The Magpies, have played 24 thus far in our 13 Premier League games this season to date. That figure was 26 for the whole of last season.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #2


    Ye I’d go with that, I’d swap Cabella into the centre and have Sammy outside.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #3


    Your scientific research points to what we all know, Pardew doesn’t know the difference between front foot or back foot.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #4

    We’re very lucky that the players who weren’t expected to stepped up, when you let more players go than you sign despite spending a hefty sum you will always struggle with numbers, I find it incredulous that people still want Tiote sold in January.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #5

    If all the injuries are true and sticking with the consistent formation:
    —————— Cisse
    —–Gouffran — Perez — Cabella
    ————-Sammy – Tiote
    Dumtt – S.Taylor – Streete – Anita
    ——————- Elliot
    With Cisse / Riviere / Armstrong to come in if needed.


    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #6

    looking at the team posted for u21s on nufc . com ,on top of first team injuries both regular right backs are still long term injured ,mbabu and sterrie. roberts and biggi both start , but satka and streete are not with the squad so one may start tomorrow.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #7

    To respond to optimus from earlier.

    I really dont see how Pardew reverted to form and pciked “Favourites over Form” against West Ham.

    Tiote> Anita in this league for this team. So of course he walked back in. Anita is a decent player but he’s never had more than a handful of decent games for us. Tiote on the other hand has had a fair few.

    Tiote walked straight back into the team because despite the witch hunt going on on this blog for a photo that was taken and first published over a year ago of Tiote in an Arsenal shirt he is our best defensive midfielder.

    Abeid is a great young talent but a) wasnt fit and b) isnt a destroyer like Tiote.

    Gouffran got a game because his work rate was required for the game plan. I dont think for one second he wouldve started against a team in the bottom half of the table at home where we have to attack given the other options.

    But playing West Ham, a team in good form that make it very difficult to play football nicely at their Home where they are very strong it appeared a better option than Cabella.

    Cabella is still adapting, cannot cope with the physicality yet and is prone to running into brick walls surrendering possession opening us up to repeated attacks with a weakened defence.

    All those moaning are the same people that were slating Pardew for playing Moussa over HBA on the wing. Now you can see why as he does nothing for Hull to the point Steve Bruce yanked him off after 35 mins.

    Some people are blinded by emotion when they need to be practical.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #8

    I count 7 defensive injuries, 8 including krul. That is fcuking ridiculous.

    Only 3 offensive ones which in itself isn’t so bad but once sissoko and colback are taken away from midfield we are infact up shit creek without a boat never mind a paddle.

    Anyone reckon Streete may get a start?

    Wouldn’t risk willo if he’s got a knock because as we’ve seen recently, players coming back too early and making it worse. Streete seems the best option. Him or satka.







    Can’t think of many other options tbh lol and not all that confident with rivvy out their. Definitely think tiote needs to sit infront of that back 4 and protect them by breaking up play but do nothing else apart from pass it too sammy, rivvy or cabella. The benefit of this formation is its pretty fluid and can quite easily change into 4-4-2 if the situation requires. Even a 4-3-3. Definitely not 4-2-3-1 please.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Can’t quite believe how many injuries we’ve got. Decimated isn’t the word. As Jfa mentioned, that’s what happens when you do things on the cheap and don’t replace players in specific positions. Just bulk up in order to try and make a profit once sold.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t know have to smile or cry because of this list of injuries.Silly hospital.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Those that watch the under 21’s regularly maintain that Satka is ahead of Streete (Anyone says streets ahead will be shot)

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Go Toon

    On the slightly positive side. We have coped ok so far. Hopefully we’ll only improve the more players we get back.

    Also, good chance for youngsters to get some experience. Not good for league position though

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #13

    We always seem to be plagued by injuries.

    What happened to that Faye lady she definitely made a difference as our injury list wasnt too bad last season compared to how it usually is?

    I can think of very few teams that seem to have as many as we do on a regular basis.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #14


    Tiote is a liability and I’m not bothered who’s top he wears.

    He’s a destroyer is something I hear a lot but people don’t see the amount of free kicks he gives away also disrupts our play. He works hard and does a job but most of the time is a hinderance not a help. I’d be intrested to see how many of our wins Tiote has been involved in in last 12months. IMO a DM is a bit pointless when he causes you more problems than the opposition.
    He’s a tough tackler if you take that away he’s nowt. Colback plays DM better as does Abeid and I think Anita makes us play football, Tiote is kick and run right up Pardews street.

    We only had one shot before Cabella came on I’m not saying he would have caused loads of problems but would have gave west ham a lot more to worry about than Goufran.

    As for the game plan, it’s that game plan that causes most of our teams problems.
    Overly defencive and un balanced.

    Players out of position asked to run not play football.

    Pardews had success with 433 and a bit with 442 but will always go back to 451 or 4231 which is a fancy way to play 451.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #15

    This should be a very good test for the Pardew theory that we have a very deep, talented squad. Are we deep at striker? Really Alan?

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #16


    The fact we play two DM and then ask Goufran to cover also makes me think there’s something wrong with how we set up to play.

    Maybe it would have been better to ask Janmatt not to spend the whole game attacking and do a bit defending.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #17


    Yeah we’ve coped pretty well tbh but these injuries are currently more than when the king was first made to play the younger lads so leaves us woefully shorter than previous. Not many options.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #18

    This a game where our scrambly bits have to be outstanding! 😯

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Pardew will probably isolate Perez by himself up front again. No Sissoko to get us out of jail either.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Is this the moment for the Belgian midget strikers to come to the rescue?

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #21

    GeordieTwo deep at striker? Really Alan? Yup Canuck not shallow Papiss Demba Cissé Siem De Jong Yoan Gouffran Facundo Ferreyra Ayoze Perez Emmanuel Riviere Adam Armstrong Adam Campbell

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #22


    There’s no scrambly bits left mate. Bare bones is all. Wouldn’t suprise me if we pick up more injuries as it’s just our luck. What would piss me off though is if we get anymore injuries in training. Somethings definitely wrong in that sense. I mentioned giving each other piggy backs and carrying each other months ago isn’t exactly productive for top athletes. That shit is from the dark ages but still we persist in doing it.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #23

    I didn’t have a problem with the game at west ham. We looked like we were trying to keep it tight then capitalise on any mistake. Maybe not great viewing but pardew is here to get points as a number one priority, entertainment is second.

    I understand you can do both but I still think we did ok.

    We had 2/3 good chances we should have got at least 1 goal from, we just needed more composure.

    I agree with Jail earlier, saying he should have changed things sooner when we let the goal in but it was a lucky goal. 9/10 he doesn’t scuff his shot and it’s a routine save.

  • maskedmagicians

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #24

    my team for tomorrow, id stick in a lot more youngsters :


    Anita Streete Taylor Dummett
    Bigi Tiote Kemen
    riviere cabella perez

    to me anita can fill in okay at right back, bigi rated when hes played, and think he’d be immense at being back in the first team, kemen again think he’ll be making the step up sooner rather than later to the first team and will support the front 4 well

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #25

    We can still have a midfield 3 of tiote, Anita and cabella, not too bad really. Then use a selection of Sammy, rivi or Gouffran in the wide areas with Perez of cisse up front.

    Plenty of options given we are missing quite a few players. The squad is more than deep enough, what we lack is that bit more first team quality.

    Obertan and Sammy have done quite well but we should have better options in front of them.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Good evening ladies, how’s my fan club this Evening.

    Why don’t you lot leave the moaning until tomorrow.

    Just a thought like.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Obviously that may of been one of the things the king was referring to after the west brom game that they were thinking of doing differently. I hope so. Straight out of the 90’s training sessions. Good for morale and bonding as we done it in the army. Not so good for top end athletes I would of thought.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m not being funny but If pardew went on another good run you find something else to moan about, he’s not going to win either way.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Not many teams have 13 players out and their fans moan.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #30

    That would be taking a huge risk maskedmidgets mate @22. I think we’ll see Anita in the back 4 along with Saylor, Dummett and possibly Haidara if he’s fit. We’ve still got Sammy, Cabella, Armstrong, and Gouffy for the midfield with Cisse and Perez up front.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh that’s right, I forgot Tiote in place of Armstrong.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #32

    This is crazy how many injuries we have Lets give Vuckic or Bigi a chance in Midfield as Anita will have to play at right back

    Burnley will be right up for this and will fancy the upset and unfortunately I can see us getting beat but then getting a result against Chelsea ……

  • Belfast

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #33

    I’ve just noticed, You’re actually moaning about people moaning.

    That makes you a moaner lol

  • maskedmagicians

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #34

    id also bench would be as follows


    to me burnley’s a good game to blood some more of our youngsters… see if there ready to step up if they do bonus, we’ve got more options when everyones fit… if not we know which area’s need strengthening

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Also nice not seen Ben arfa do much at hull despite being given the number 10 role. Form has plummeted since he began to start.

    As a couple pundits and managers/players have said on the games/highlights this weekend…on modern football you attack and defend as a team. A forward can’t just sit there and wait to get involved only when you have the ball.

    I like the balance in our team, maybe could do with being a bit more positive but get plenty support forward from the midfield and the fullbacks and they all work hard without the ball.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #36

    How ironic.

    People are having a discussion about injuries, different formations and player positions then the troll pops on and says stop moaning. Moaning about moaning but it’s not really people moaning is it? It’s called informed discussion. Something you’d know nothing about. Thanks for that.

    Why don’t you do yourself a favour and go support your local team or at the very least go troll their blog.


  • maskedmagicians

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #37

    @28 Geordie… be a risk, but at same time… streete could end up being a wall at the back, wont know until he’s had a first team game… bigi I rate… kemen looks like he’ll be able to cope physically ok, just if he’s ready yet.. he could be our pogba… ?????

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #38

    Percy will play this one very cagey. He’s already sharpened his pencil and is giving it a heavy think right now. He’ll play as many experienced players as possible to get the points because the rest of December will be ugly. I see the following lineup:
    Anita———Saylor———–Dummett————Haidara (if fit)

  • beermonkey

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #39


    no1 is moaning

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #40


    I watched bigi in that under 21 game against stoke. Looked good quality, stood out but he gave the ball away so many times in dangerous areas. We get punished in the first team for that.

    Maybe he was too casual as it’s only an under 21 game but that would suggest a bad attitude or maybe he just genuinely makes mistakes which is a worry.

    I liked him when he first signed so I think he just doesn’t feel challenged enough in that under 21 side.

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