Newcastle are currently four injuries clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League injuries list, and we currently have a total of 13 injuries, and we’ve been top of that particular league almost all season.
What’s going on?
Alan Pardew – willing to play players with knocks
And it was so bad on Wednesday night at Tottenham in the Capital One Cup, that six of our seven subs had an average age of just over 18, and four of them on the bench had never played for the Newcastle first team.
We were hammered at White Hart Lane, and let in four goals for the second game running – and that’s not a great way to prepare for the game against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Sunderland have won the last three meetings between the clubs.
21-year-old third string goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who used to be at the Sunderland Academy, is fit enough to play on Sunday.
The shoulder injury he picked up at Tottenham was assessed at the club yesterday, and because he’s deemed fit to play, no request was made for an emergency goalkeeper to come in on loan.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the Sunderland game, as he bemoans all the injuries we have:
“I have as many players to choose from as possible,” “Even if you have a slight knock, you have to put yourself at risk.”
But it’s never good to play players who are not fully fit, and that only leads to even worse problems down the road, and maybe that’s one reason we have so many more injuries than any other club in the Premier League this season?
Rob Elliot played when he was injured, after Tim Krul injured his ankle ligaments in training, and Rob played until his thigh finally went against Chelsea just before half time, and now he’s out until mid-January at the earliest.
And it could be that Jak Alnwick is playing injured on Sunday and if he gets injured, we only have 17 year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to call on – but then we would also have a good case to get an emergency goalkeeper in.
Here’s the extent of Newcastle’s injury problems we have right now taken from the Physioroom.com web-site:
Player Injury Return Date (est) S Ameobi Knock 21st 14th Dec 14 J Alnwick Shoulder Injury 21st Dec 14 C Tiote Muscular Injury 21st Dec 14 P Cisse Illness 21st Dec 14 R Elliott Hip/Thigh Injury 10th Jan 15 M Abeid Ankle/Foot Injury 21st Dec 14 T Krul Ankle/Foot Injury 10th Jan 15 R Taylor Knee Injury 1st Jan 15 R Aarons Hamstring Injury no return date G Obertan Hip/Thigh Injury no return date S De Jong Thigh Muscle Strain 10th Jan 15 D Santon Knee Injury 10th Jan 15 C Good Groin/Pelvis Injury no return date
When you play players who are injured, it’s a short term gain but can lead to long term problems.
We’ve had a long term problem with injuries at Newcastle all season.
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