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.
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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