Injury Woes, Poor Management Lead To Players Being Out

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 Burnley

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 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.

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12 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Or maybe:

    —-——Armstrong – Perez
    Haidara – Dummett – Saylor – Janmaat

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    rivi, cabella, anita, MYM, hba etc are they really all s–t or just to made to look it in a system where no one appears to know that they’re meant to be doing.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    You are embarrassing yourself keep going on about HBA, the guy has proved that he is a pr!ck, had he have been tearing up PL defences down at Hull then you might have a point, the same with Marveaux, we don’t like Pardew can you please change the record.


    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Oh Xmas cheer

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    On topic,
    You would like to think it was bad luck that Abeid suffered a setback with his broken toe unless you knew from the managers own admission that he over rides the medical staffs decisions when he thinks he’s right, I used to knock Rotonda about the decision to play HBA on that frozen pitch in Russia as I thought it must have been the doctors call, evidently not.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Hark the Herald angels sing !

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Dulcinera you really need to up the dose umate, it’s not working.

    Dulcinera // Dec 24, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    An average manager by the way who has won a manager of the year award, numerous manager of the month awards
    – – – – – – – – – — — – – – –

    I think he has won 2 maybe 3 manager of the month awards in 4 years. Hardly numerous. Imagine how full his mantelpiece would be if they gave awards out for most underperforming manager of the month.

    I honestly think many of our best players would have stayed if we had a proper manager.

    No self respecting player wants to play 34% possession, containing, direct football. Ba and Colo were very public about that.

    There is no feelgood factor about pardew or his style whatever that is meant to be.

    Pardew critics never went away as it was so predictable AP would tinker with something that wasn’t broke and lot of injures were self inflicted


    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Haha we gonna do a choir sing a long? Be better than the standard chat

  • 70TWO

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    It would seem that with the restriction of a smaller squad that AP is forced to field the odd player ‘at risk’ of injury. However this could also be a reflection of his inability to adapt the formation and system of play to the players he has available in their favoured positions.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Deck the Mancs with lumps of holly.
    Tra-la-la-laa! La-la-la-lar

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Bringing players back after injury, against the doctors advice, indicates to me just how desperate King Percy is to save his own neck.
    It was on the cards that Abeid was going to face further setbacks after being brought back too early -now his absence is prolonged further. The quote from King Percy about the fracture not healing really shows how bad playing Abeid with this ONGOING injury was.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    HBA is just one of a collective who have failed here. Probably not many others in the squad who have 5 league titles and you can hardly judge him under such shining lights of mangement as Bruce and Pardew. The kids gone wrong for sure, the larger question is why do so many others.


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