We are still waiting to hear from the Newcastle medics on what the prognosis is on the knee injuries to both Cheick Tiote and Paul Dummett.
Paul Dummett – in action this season
Cheick injured his knee playing for the Ivory Coast in Equatorial Guinea in the African Cup of Nations last month, and he was also injured earlier this season, and has played only 12 times for Newcastle this season.
Cheick’s knee injury is thought to be the more serious of the two, and it could mean he’s out for the rest of the season.
And if that turns out to be the case, he will have played his last game for the Magpies, since he’s expected to be sold in the summer.
Paul Dummett is also an important player for Newcastle, since he has shown this season that he can play at center-back, and Newcastle have only two experienced center-backs left in the squad for the rest of the season.
They are Colo (Fab Coloccini) and Willo (Mike Williamson), and if either of those get injured, Paul would be the one to come in – if he’s fit.
However, if Paul is going to be out for some time it would make our problems at center-back even worse, and it’s a good question who Newcastle would then call on.
Maybe 21 year-old Australian International Curtis Good, who unfortunately tends to pick up a lot of injuries, and of course we also have loaned out 20 year-old Remie Streete to Rangers for the rest of the season, but he’s also out injured at the moment.
The worst news would be if both Tiote and Dummett are out for several months, and that would make an already inadequate squad even further weakened for the rest of the season.
Newcastle really need to stop making these deals in the January transfer which weaken the squad for the rest of the season.
It’s a dangerous and even reckless way to run a football club, where money is more important than the strength of the squad, and Newcastle make far too many dicey deals in the January transfer window.
If we are to become a successful club again it has to stop.
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