John Carver Gives Injury Update

John Carver is a very down to earth guy, and it’s obvious he’s just completely focused on his current job at Newcastle, in his capacity as the head coach of the squad through the end of the season.

siem de jong - good shot of him in training

Siem de Jong – tomorrow is too early for him

John is trying to get as many points on the board as possible, and wants to finish as high up the table as he can – and during the briefing he said 10th wasn’t good enough, 9th wasn’t good enough and 8th wasn’t good enough.

No, he didn’t say 2nd wasn’t good enough. 😀

That was a bygone era.

Carver did give an update on the injury situation towards the end of his media briefing yesterday at Benton – and this is exactly what he said as the last comments in his briefing:

“Dummett is back in the squad this weekend yes, Obertan is in the squad yes.”

“Aarons no – he’s about a week away and h’s around about the 16th and he should be back training with us, and it’s just a bit early for Siem de Jong.”

It will be good to get Rolando Aarons back,  but ti looks like the best we can do with Siem is to have him available for the game at Manchester City on Saturday February 21st (two weeks today), as it looks like Wednesday’s game at Crystal Palace could also be too early.

Next weekend we have a free weekend since we are already out of the FA Cup.

In fact we are getting so many players back that we have dropped to second place in the Premier League injury table, with Southampton on top with eigth injured players, and Newcastle second at seven.

And our list of seven still includes players like Siem, Paul Dummett and Ryan Taylor who are back in training, and of course Paul is fit to play tomorrow.

Cheick Tiote is on the list with a foot injury which he has picked up at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, so it’s doubtful he will play in the final of the African Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast against Ghana tomorrow.

A win would be a terrific result for Newcastle tomorrow at St. James’ Park.

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19 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    sing in the corner …it seems your record is made up about AP ad well despite his record!

    …his record should for himself! I know his football spoke alot for me (dreadful to say the least)

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #2

    New…from previous

    Agree…I only saw the match on TV but a mate is a Hull fan and was fuming they got 0.3, said it was just 2 ‘poor teams’ and he’s worried now.
    3 great individual goals, points and move on. Stats are funny though. Someone earlier made a point Carver has more points from 4 games than Pardews last 4 games. With respect – meaningless

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Aarons seems very fragile…I fear this kid will never stay fit enough to evolve into the player we hope 🙁

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #4


    Your point is well known and established, and I respect it,,,, agree about the ugliness of the football at times. But point I think will develop over the next 2 months. He’ll keep them up… How well will his replacement copes with what he coped with? We’ll see.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Percy will keep Palce up – does that make him a good manager – I don’t think so. Whilst he has made a few signings -he has basically inheritted somebody else’s team. He is also reminding us about his poor judgement – signing Shola.
    Having said that he’ll play him against us in order to batter our defence.
    Good riddance to Percy – he probably did try his best but quite frankly it wasn’t good enough.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    sing in the corner …that should have read “it seems your mind is made up…”! But you probably got that 🙂

  • BandB

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    “It’s a great boost for us. It’s like signing another player because he’s been so big for us”
    John Carver on Moussa Sissoko.

    This is us lads.
    The club where not selling a player is the same as signing a player.
    I don’t think even Pardew ever uttered this kind of cynical drivel.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Mr Tuff

    Do you think Carver will be able to stick up for football the most out of Ashley , and deliver what the fans want better than Pardew did? My best guess is no. And thats the biggest head coach issue for me. McClaren might be able to and its likely to be him or Carver. He, McClaren could be a yes man in the eyes of many toon fans too though.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #9

    sing in the corner …I am sure AP will keep Palace up this season ad well mate…but where he goes from there will be the interesting part wouldn’t you agree?

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #10

    *..GET the most out of Ashley.

    Jesper 🙂 its hard this typing lark, at this time of day, no?!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #11

    BandB…you know when some fans were asked if the transfer window was a failure, some replied no simply because we didn’t loose any big players!

    …it seems that is something both JC and part of the fan base have in common 😉

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #12


    Yes you’re right, doing well at Selhurst for him longer term is another test. But in the mean time many said straight away when AP got the Palace job he would definitely take them down. Now it looks likely he won’t. In my opinion.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #13

    sing – I don’t think it is the ability to get anything out of Ashley – you get what you’re given. The only “leeway” I see is perhaps if JC and Graham Carr see eye to eye on matters -perhaps that may influence who Carr scouts. We need to stop buying folk because they might turn a profit in the future – the emphasis has to be to get pieces of the jigsaw that fit.
    On that I’ll have to dash.

  • BandB

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Pardew has a strong streak of self-preservation about him.
    He had a big enough ego and sufficient smarts and cunning to occasionally try to spin some distance between his reputation and the worst of club doublethink.
    He was a confident natural spin merchant who didn’t think for a minute he would never get another job.
    With Carver we are going to see some amazing insights into how the club really thinks.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 7, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #15

    carver is not rushing players back and its starting to tell on the injury front !

    how many times has pards played layers who on the day after there injury has played them straight away but carver knows its all about the long game and making sure they are 100% over there injury which is great imo.

    and he’s also getting the best out of players as we are seing the best of anita/cabella/perez/sammy/goofy.

    lets not be fooled the main person is one that i have not mentioned and thats cisse as its where most of our goals will come from and its great that we have goals across the park now from midfield but we need perez and cisse to get on the score sheet regular and if carver can do that with cisse and siem then we will have a team and half.

    sammy/rolando/siem/raylor/taylor/goofy/anita/tiote/arma thats some back up players to choose from and change around.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #16

    If you all don’t know what your talking about , could you please not talk
    It is not exclusive to JC
    It is not exclusive to NUFC
    It is not even exclusive to the EPL
    Wenger: Ramsey return like new signing ESPN April 4, 2014

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Aarons will never evolve into the player we hope for because he will be at another club next season I bet.

  • BandB

    Feb 7, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #18


    Wenger isn’t claiming that a player who’s played most games and isn’t returning from injury is like a new signing though is he?
    He is trying to suggest not selling him makes him like a new signing.
    I know you can tell the difference.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 7, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Because other managers might trot out the “like a new signing” line does not make it any more palatable to me to hear it from Carver.


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