Encouraging News – Injury Update On Newcastle Players

Good news today that Newcastle’s French winger Gabriel Obertan is back running again in training, and it’s now almost three months since he tore a thigh muscle at St. James’ Park, the same injury that Siem de Jong picked up in September, and the Dutchman has yet to return to the side.

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Gabby Obertan – back running again

Gabby suffered the injury in the home game against Liverpool on November 1st, and that followed a number of great performances from the speedy French winger who has played his best football for Newcastle this season.

And whereas Physioroom.com have him down as returning on January 31st,  it will take longer than that and the Chronicle is reporting he still has about a month of rehabilitation left, before he will be fully fit again.

He could be back in the first team at the beginning of March or even earlier than that.

Siem de Jong has been out since September with his badly torn thigh muscle,  and he is supposed to return at the end of the month – but no updates on the Dutchman from Newcastle for a while – so we’re not sure when he will be back.

We’re hoping there haven’t been any problems in his rehabilitation.

Siem spent a lot of the season out with injury at Ajax last season too.

Newcastle are still top of the injury league table for the Premier League and we have 10 players out injured, and second are Hull City with eight.

Here’s the information from Physioroom.com – but take the return dates with a pinch of salt – they may not be that accurate

Player                  Injury                               Est return date

J Alnwick           Shoulder Injury                no return date
A Armstrong      Ankle/Foot Injury            no return date
S Taylor              Calf/Shin Injury               no return date
R Elliott              Hip/Thigh Injury             17th Jan 15
M Abeid             Ankle/Foot Injury            no return date
R Taylor             Knee Injury                      17th Jan 15
R Aarons            Hamstring Injury             31st Jan 15
G Obertan          Hip/Thigh Injury              31st Jan 15
S de Jong           Thigh Muscle Strain         31st Jan 15
C Good              Groin/Pelvis Injury           no return date

Curtis Good made a return last week for the U21 side, although the player that worries us most is Rolando Aarons.

The 19 year-old has played only 5 times (with two goals) this season, and he seems to be having trouble with that hamstring injury.

We hope that can can fully mend the hamstring, after he was brought back at Manchester City in the League Cup too early, and he’s already had one relapse in his comeback.

Michael Owen was a young player at Liverpool who was played when his hamstring wasn’t right, and it became a chronic injury problem for the England striker in his career.

We hope that hasn’t happened with Rolando.

Jack Alnwick and Adam Armstrong are the two new players who are now out with injury.

It would be good to get an update on the injury situation from caretaker manager John Carver at tomorrow’s press conference for the home game against Southampton on Saturday.

Newcastle have had the most injuries of any Premier League side for almost every week of the season, and there’s something wrong somewhere.

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25 comments so far

  • WestOzMag

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Couldn’t care to much about alnwick and armstrong. 2 young players who are leaning the trade in the PL and when played contributed little. Need the experienced players on the pitch to keep our heads above water. Will be a fight to the end I think.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #2

    west oz

    I think we will finish top 10, safe by a good 10+ points, just my opinion of course, could well be wrong.

    I’d rather a new coach but think Carver will at least entertain us and pick up wins with his style.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Transfer hope you are right – but we have to hold on to our better players – Sissoko, Perez, Krul, Cisse, Santon, Tiote and Aarons who have all been linked with moves away.
    Carver had them playing well against Chelsea but it worries me the situation we find ourselves in

  • Mag52

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Transfer (previous post)

    Rangers and Celtic haven’t progressed far in the European Cup in the past because there has been no one of Ashley’s wealth owning them.
    Big money will get the big players, and the big players will want European football and the opportunity to win big trophies.
    Even though SD will not be on view during the home matches, it would be its association with the owner of the club which won the European cup which he would want.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #5

    well i think you are totally wrong quite the opposite pardew left the club in a state of disarray and carver was part and parcel of that nothing has change wont till new appointments are made .desperate times desperate measures

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think it’s all about money. I think it’s also about timing and the players wishes. Certainly if someone comes in with a high offer, it’s likely to be accepted, but with Cabaye he was clearly agitating for his move also, and he’d already gone on strike once. The big money offer came in, the player wanted his move. Replacing a player like Cabaye obviously isn’t easy, we know he is going to spend like for like money on a player of similar calibre, and unless the understudy is in place and ready, you’re going to be caught out, and I think that’s what happened there.

    The striker situation is a bit different and a bit unique. I suppose because they are scarce and costly. We don’t seem to be able to unearth the gem or be willing to pay the going rate. We haven’t replaced Ba, and he’s been gone two years. Thats pretty feeble.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #7

    isnt going to spend like for like money

  • firebug666

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #8

    I think how comfortable we manage to finish the season will depend on our best players staying focussed.

    Sissoko and Cisse have both spoken about leaving having had their heads turned, other player may also become unsettled, and if that gets reflected on the pitch we could be in trouble.

    With our team looking to these players to make something happen a couple of poor performances could see their heads drop, add to that no new head coach or players coming in and we could be facing a repeat of last season.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Well lets all hope he ferks off soon then.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #10


    I do see your point, just looking at it with what I have seen from Ashley here. He won’t spend his own money here, in fact the club turns a profit so basically isn’t costing him a penny.

    I just can’t see him pumping in the 40/50 mil a year he would need to at least (in transfers and wages) to give rangers a hope of getting near the final or even the knockout rounds on a regular basis.

    Nobody outside of his own fan base, and the english press, would really even refer to his links with SD so I can’t see how it benefits them myself.

    There is a definitely a reason for him pursuing the club, just I can’t see what.

  • geordiemacc

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #11

    I think it’s the use of our younger players that will help to avoid a relegation scrap. All have a point to prove and arrons and Armstrong in particular look decent. Combined with the older more experienced players and being able to play free flowing attacking, they should flourish. The first half of the Chelsea game should be the blueprint for future games, put teams straight on the back foot and your more likely to score, less likely to concede as long as everyone stays switched on.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #12


    lol Ashley finance a club that will WIN the CL … lol

    Do you actually read and believe what you are writing?

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #13

    anyone heard/got any new chants.

    I’ve thought of one…might be rubbish though. The song is Take That – these days. replace the lyricss

    “Tonight we gotta live for
    We gotta live for these day”


    He scores all our goals, he scores all our goals, cisse.

    (got to listen to the song to see how it fits, not as clear written down).


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #14

    The worrying thing about this situation is that it is starting to have so many parallels with the relegation season, without doubt we are rudderless with an uncaring owner seemingly blundering along again and we have players who want to be away, if it gets into their heads that the quickest way out would be a relegation then we could be in deep trouble.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #15


    I agree money isn’t an issue for me, well big money anyway.

    What we need to do is pay the going rate for some players who can make a difference. I’d take cabaye for 4mil over rodwell for 10mil, i’d take sissoko for 2mil over henderson for 20mil, etc etc.

    We need to buy the right players at the right time.

    Look at swansea for example, Bony had a release clause just like demba ba, they paid him 1mil to get that out knowing they could make it back ten fold when he was sold and they’d have the power to keep him….something we should have done with Ba. He was useful as a squad player for 7mil at chelsea, but wouldn’t have been a useful squad player at 20mil.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m with you on that one, there simply must be a reason for him wanting Rangers and a good reason knowing him, I just can’t figure it out.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #17


    It’s a bit like watching an old Poirot film, there are a few obvious reasons but too obvious and can be explained away….there will be a twist at the end.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Ashley sees Rangers as a business in distress.

    He’ll put a few million in, grab what he can.
    Sell in a year or two for a big profit.

    We need legislation to stop individuals owning more than 10% of a sporting club.

    9 individuals/companies investing 10% and fans with the other 10%.

  • firebug666

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #19


    That’s what happened with the Cabaye saga, he was told he could leave in the summer if an offer came in, when Arsenal bid it was refuted because it was a low bit, and Cabaye was told he was going nowhere, so he went on strike, again he was promised he could leave in January if an offer came in and so he did.

    What worries me is what promises have been made to our current crop of players? And do those promises mean we have to let them go if an offer comes in?

  • hibbit

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #20

    jinky the big problem is the here and now we lack a cf 2 ch and a manger teams at the bottom won’t just give up there taking action now to stay up next season could be to late…………….. a ship without a rudder springs to mind

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #21

    I think the problem is that if you are looking to be discerning in the market, you are likely to get caught out from time to time, but yeah, it’s well past time we spent some decent money on the striker we really need. That would give the whole place a lift, encourage the better players to stay, and we all know the money’s there, and if the coach has little say anyway, then really, there’s no excuse.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Once you start tearing muscles, it’s not going to recover fully, Ed. The tear is replaced by scar tissue and it will just keep becoming weaker and weaker because it isn’t flexible. The hamstring is therefore susceptible to more reoccurring injuries.

    I hope Rolando doesn’t break down too often. He was looking good.

  • hibbit

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #23

    jail that’s why he is a billionaire and you and me are not

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #24


    can get very good surgery to remove/limit scar tissue, he may need to see a specialist and even be given a special training programme.


    Agree, bargain buys are fine, they are a good policy in theory, we just sometimes need to chuck a lot of money 10-15mil on a forward who can get us 20 a season.

  • al j

    Jan 14, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #25

    can we not all club together and buy him out….


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