Good news for Newcastle today, although at the same time it’s bad news for Algeria, as Mehdi Abeid has been withdrawn from the Algerian squad to play in the African Cup of Nations because of his broken toe.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