More injury woes for Newcastle today, as it looks like central midfielder Mehdi Abeid will not be back playing for Newcastle until some time in February, after he has played in the African Cup of Nations for Algeria starting next month.
Mehdi Abeid – why did he play at Burnley?
Cheick Tiote is out of the game at Old Trafford on Friday, after picking up his 5th yellow card (4 in the last four games) against the Black Cats, and it would have been good if the Algerian could have come in for him against Manchester United.
Abeid suffered his toe injury when training with the Algerian squad for the first time in mid-November, and returned against Burnley on December 2, but he has not been available since then.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Mehdi, when asked yesterday if he would be available before the African Cup of Nations (AFCON):
““I don’t think so.” He’s running,” “They say his toe is finally healing.” “We had a period where it wasn’t healing at all.” “That timing is not ideal, either, because he’s probably going to go away.”
Mehdi has already been selected for the Algerian squad for the 2015 tournament that will take place in Equatorial Guinea.
We had mentioned yesterday that according to Physioroom.com Abeid was not due to return until the beginning of January.
Players can report to their squads up to two weeks before the AFCON kicks off on 17th January, so he probably won’t play for Newcastle again until after Algeria compete in the tournament.
It’s like we’ve been getting Mehdi fit for Algeria’s benefit – he’s played one game for us since being in the Algerian squad last month for the first time, when he was injured in training and came back to Newcastle on crutches.
And one good question is why did he ever play at Burnley on December 2nd, when he came back early from his broken toe.
The 22 year-old obviously wasn’t fully fit, and it’s another case of Newcastle bringing back players too early and suffering the consequences.
There was a similar case with Rolando Aarons who was brought back too early at Manchester City from his hamstring strain, and we learned yesterday he is going to be out for another three or four weeks, and he’s played only 5 games this season for Newcastle..
Newcastle’s management of their injuries this season has been less then good.
And we’ve also picked up far too many injuries in training such as those to Tim Krul and Siem de Jong, which have been very costly to the Magpies this season.
If Abeid is out say until mid-February with the AFCON – he will have played one game for us over the previous three months.
It’s obvious why there is growing friction between National teams and local league programs in Europe.
Note: Please see if you can help the Northumbria Police to find this missing person – thanks.
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