Mehdi Abeid Withdrawn From African Cup Of Nations

Good news for Newcastle today, although at the same time it’s bad news for Algeria, as Mehdi Abeid has been withdrawn from the Algerian squad to play in the African Cup of Nations because of his broken toe.

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Mehdi Abeid in action at Burnley after he had broken his toe

Mehdi broke his toe when he was called up for the Algerian squad for the first time in November, and he returned to Newcastle on crutches, and has played one game – at Burnley – since then, but he obviously should not have played in that game.

Algeria also have had defender Essaid Belkalem withdraw from the squad with a hamstring injury.

Newcastle now have a whopping 14 players out injured on,  and Mehdi is scheduled to return to training on 10th January – so we could see him back playing again maybe in a couple of weeks – at best.

Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko have hamstring injuries, Janmaat has a groin/pelvis injury and Coloccini has a gluteal injury and all four missed the 1-0 defeat at Leicester yesterday.

And Steven Taylor is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles – so we’ve had five top players injured since Thursday morning.

We’d love to know the reason why so many Newcastle players are always injured.

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67 comments so far

  • dazzler

    Jan 4, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Good, hopefully the incoming manager will allow tiote to bugger off then.

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 4, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    he he he…palace are 2-0 up !

    Dick Advocaat or Ranieri till end of season will be good ,if we unable to secure those Golden managers.Otherwise we gonna have long miserable season with John Carver!

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #3

    A shopping 14 players. The mind boggles!

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 4, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    What a difference a letter makes!

  • nightfa11

    Jan 4, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Ranieri.. No way..every player he managed said hes a poor coach..that they werent prepairing for opponents etc..

    I want hiddink 😀 But klopp would do 😀

  • toon kk

    Jan 4, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Palace look a far stronger side than we do at the moment. The wheels have well and truly come off again at Newcastle.
    Thanks Mike.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #7

    the job like shearer before him is out of carvers ability

  • nightfa11

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Palace winning is no surprise.. Every time a New manager comes in, players are more motivated and they play better stuff..we’ll see in a months time how theyll do 🙂

  • AncientC

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9

    “Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko have hamstring injuries, Janmaat has a groin/pelvis injury and Coloccini has a gluteal injury and all four missed the 1-0 defeat at Leicester yesterday.”

    Nothing to see here, just a club treating its paying fans like morons.

  • yorkshire_magpie

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d take Glen Hoddle in a heartbeat! Top manager, understands the English game much better than all these foreign managers that are linked with us. Technically and tactically great too.

  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #11


    Even if Hoddle has a good rapport with Graham Carr and would be receptive to the club’s vision of a head coach’s role, he surely couldn’t be expected to achieve if players are sold simply to make money?

    He may well be prepared to accept top players to be sold on but for hells sake, any coach worth his salt’d expect to have a ready-made successor in place.

    As is, Ashley sells on a whim when he smells profit in the deal thus depriving the squad of a talent leaving the coach to muddle on with a weakened squad.

    I’ve no real worry about selling star players – all clubs do it but only when they’ve developed a successor ready to slot into his place and when they’re sure that selling will lead to squad improvement.

    Not Ashley though who sees Mamon as his god, having no appetite for on-field success.

    Now, apart from the usual crop of has-beens, which coach with any realistic ambition to bring success to the club, would join Newcastle United?

    Any coach worth his salt would give Ashley a wide berth – unless Ashley changes his vision for the club, when he sees the club as making profits on the back of revenues gained from winning trophies, rather than running things on a shoe-string budget.

    To sum up, it looks like it’ll be between Hoddle and Carver where Hoddle gets the job and Carver and Stone walk.

    As far as Ashley’s concerned, job done – a puppet installed on the cheap and two more off the payroll.

    Brilliant ……. Innit


  • Toon1978

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    toon KK

    Palace are playing bloody Dover. NUFC had an EPL draw. Also, we had a perfectly good goal ruled off which is a complete joke not to mention the fact we’ve had very few IF ANY home draws in cup competitions this season and very few last season also. In the League cup we somehow ended up the away team against an EPL club on numerous occasions while other EPL clubs got home draws against lesser opposition. We are bloody cursed.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    If we had a defender like Dann
    I can’t understand why that idiot bang average
    Williamson is still at the club so far

    Watch Willo and laugh here :

  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #14


    Pay attention.

    Of course we rarely get drawn at home in cups – they’re the preserve of Liverpool, easy ones too!

    Lucky scouse gits!

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Is our ‘Arry doing a Pardew?

  • deeps

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Sheffield United has been doing well in the cup competitions in the last couple of seasons..fa cup semi finalists last cup semis this time around and currently beating qpr 2-0..Playing good attacking football ..should we go after their manager nigel clough?

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Dazzler tks re that french mgr info. Thing is most of the geordie wont have heard of tuchel or favre. I know i hadnt. My best bet is that it will be whittled down to two as some just wont be available. I cant imagine nufc wantjng to interview a few candidates. Last time pardew strolled in unopposed! I guess it was just Owl Heed trying to get his money back. He probably “sold” him as a candidate to Ashley.

  • Quilli

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Yorkshire.. Totally agree, Hoddle would be a great fit

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Will the interview candidates get their travelling expenses paid, do you think?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #20


    it’s dover ffs, 9 divisions below or something daft.
    good job for pardew they’re not stevenage’s level

  • toon kk

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    We do seem to be so unlucky in always getting away draws but we should have still beaten Stevenage but they showed us how to play.
    I just happen to think people expect to much from our basically sh.t bunch of players, we have a few quality players which carry the rest. But who knows when MA will cash them in?

  • Belfast

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Pity the “science” didn’t follow him to Palace.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #23

    How good or bad is hoddle? He is probably the only real british contender so we need to factor him in big time. At least merson and co mite like us a bit more if we get him 🙂

  • Offkey

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #24

    I could see the hoddle link having some legs. I remember watching a tv show, probably football focus, where hoddle was running this type of acadamy. Taking kids who didn’t make it and trying to improve them as footballers and get them somewhere else. Seems to be a model similar to ours.

    However, I also heard he persuaded Harry Redknapp to play 3 at the back at qpr (is he still a coach/adviser there), they lost and Harry dropped it the following game…….not a 3 at the back fan myself, but who knows.

  • toon kk

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #25

    it will all come down to who’s prepared to be a muppet, not necessarily who will get us playing the best football.
    We all know how the regime works.

  • Offkey

    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Link to hoddles various acadamies and explaination

    But he seems to be first team coach at QPR currently – again off wiki

  • clinath@ed

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Even talking about Hoddle’s has killed the blog.

  • PompeyJohn

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #28

    I see Man U are not “resting” Rooney or Falcao in their game v the mighty Yeovil – unlike our “injured” top players missing the Leicester game!

  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Clinat@ed- nope, if you want to do that, George Burley is the name.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #30

    He has silver hair and in low light can sometimes remind you of an older Gary Cooper, for all you classic Hollywood fans.

  • Thump

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Colo has hurt his arse?

  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #32

    George has an enviable collection of Japanese bus passes, despises Jerboas and likes to go for long walks in the countryside where he occasionally gasses the odd badger. Hour always loses at quoits.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #33

    He always loses… ha ha that didn’t make any sense for a moment. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Did you know? George once beat Muhammad Ali at Kerplunk! Yes, yes he did!

  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #35

    He makes his own elderberry jam. He also likes football.

  • peterk3

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Glenn hoddle, excellent choice, best of the bunch.good attacking coach and understands the English game. How can carver even be compared to any of the touted coaches we might be after. He’s done nothing.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #37

    Haha. Colo has broke his arse.

  • mindshaft

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Carver would have been better of resting those players at Chelsea as we’re bound to get a complete hammering down there

  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #39

    I thought colos injury was behind him? Oh, wait..

  • sparky55

    Jan 4, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #40

    If I were carver and was worried about resting players, I would have…

    a) Looked at the league table
    b) Looked at our opposition in the Cup
    c) Looked at who we playing the week after the cup game

    On the basis we’re pretty much safe in the league but definitely won’t get into Europe, and b) playing lower half premiership opposition ( a bottom three club) and c) playing Chelsea who have never lost a home under the great one’s stewardship so pretty much have zero chance of getting even a point down there,… I would have played everyone against Leicester, and rested everyone against chelsea ready for the visit of Southampton the week after


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