Tim Krul is out until sometime in January with his ankle injury, and there was news last night that the wife of Newcastle stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot is due to give birth to their first baby at any time, and Rob could be called away.
Rob Elliot in action on Saturday
So 21 year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick and 17 year-old keeper Freddie Woodman are both in the squad that made the trip to Burnley, and they are on standby in case Rob is called away.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Rob’s situation:
“‘Rob is in the process at the moment, like a modern man, of having a baby, so that’s an added complication.”
“He’s been sitting in the background for a long while. I’ve played him in cup games and he’s done terrific for us. I really felt he needed the game on Saturday and I thought he looked a bit rusty really.”
“It’ll do him the world of good for Burnley.”
Newcastle are already hugely depleted by injury and suspensions and Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong, Ryan Taylor, Davide Santon and Gabriel Obertan are all injured , and the suspended Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback did not make the trip.
And news today that Mike Williamson, Daryl Janmaat, Massadio Haidara and Mehdi Abeid are all doubtful, and presumably will take late fitness tests just before the game to see if they can play.
It will be a bit of a bonus if Mehdi Abeid can play, although it would be a surprise if the Algerian has recovered from his broken toe.
20 year-old Remie Streete and 18 year-old Slovenian Lubomir Satka have traveled and are on standby in case any of Williamson, Janmaat and Haidara don’t make it.
This is what Pardew said about the injuries:
‘We’re carrying a lot of injuries and we’re taking our injuries to Burnley. It is critical in terms of the spine of the team.”” ‘We’re a bit thin on the ground and we’ve lost the core of the team, it’s not ideal going to Burnley in that situation.”
“We’ve had to chop and change the team many times this last month and I’ve been very pleased with the performances I’ve had. So we’ll still go there with good heart and good faith for getting a result.”
This is one of the most injury hit games we can remember – although we suppose it could turn out OK if Janmaat, Williamson, Haidara and Abeid are all fit to play and Rob’s wife doesn’t give birth until Wednesday at the earliest.
However it’s hardly good preparation for a game we should be winning.
It seems a little ridiculous and after tomorrow night’s game, Alan Pardew, his coaches and the medics need to look at their procedures and how come we have so many injuries in the squad – it cannot just be bad luck.
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