This week we have already lost Siem de Jong for the season because of a collapsed lung, and we found out yesterday that Cheick Tiote’s knee injury could even – in the worst case – keep him out for the rest of the season.
Paul Dummett – has knee injury
And now even more bad news that Paul Dummett, who came on for the last six minutes of the game at Palace on Wednesday night, has a knee injury that could keep him out for several weeks.
It turns out that Paul was hit on the knee cap during his brief sub appearance in London, and the injury is currently being assessed by the club’s medical staff.
But we have only two experienced center-backs available through the rest of the season – Willo and Colo – and Paul would be the first replacement should either of them get injured.
We lost Steven Taylor for the season with an Achilles injury a few weeks back, but the club did not being in another center-back in January, but did sell Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma.
So Newcastle have (again?) brought this situation onto themselves, through a lack of adequate planning and foresight – and by taking a chance that we could get by with what we have.
How many times do Newcastle do that?
Remi Streete has been loaned out to Rangers – Ashley’s other club – but has a groin strain and the injury prone 21 year-old Curtis Good is available but untested.
And Curtis was taken off in the U-21 game at St James’s Park early last week as a precautionary measure, and has only just returned to training after being injured last March playing for Australia.
We have been one center-back short all season, after loaning Mapou out, and Murphy’s Law – if something bad can happen it will and at the worst possible time – has kicked in again.
We already suffered from having only two experienced goalkeepers in the squad, and had some very poor results when untested Jak Alnwick had to play in goal for eight games earlier in the season.
We are not blaming Jak for that, it’s just another case of poor planning by Newcastle, as we try to get by on a small squad to save on the wages bill.
Another indication of the frugal way in which Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United, even though money is available.
And we’re not even going to mention we have been one striker short all season. 😀
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