The Newcastle squad is being worryingly depleted by injures at the moment, but news today that Paul Dummett’s injury is not too bad – and it could have been much worse.
Paul Dummett in action
The news today is that Paul will be out about two weeks, and will definitely miss the game at Manchester City on Saturday and will probably miss the game at home to Aston Villa the following Saturday.
That game against third bottom Aston Villa at home is shaping up to be an important game for Newcastle, and of course they have their new manager Tim Sherwood in charge, and will be hoping to get a lift and some wins under their belt soon.
The powers that be at Newcastle have let back four players like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon leave the club this season, and with Steven Taylor injured and out for the rest of the season, we have only four experienced back four players fit – Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson and Haidara.
And Haidara has only played 38 times for Newcastle, so he’s not really very experienced.
More problems will come if we get either Coloccini or Williamson injured and they are out for any length of time, because they are the only two experienced central defenders we have left, after we didn’t replace the injured Steven Taylor in January.
Paul Dummett is an important player for Newcastle at the moment because he can play anywhere across the back four.
Ryan Taylor is also fit and he can play in either full back position, and so can Vurnon Anita, although he has hardly ever been used at full-back while at Newcastle, but he could do a job there.
And Jonas Gutierrez can also play at full back, and he was at left back for Argentina in the World Cup in South Africa back in 2010, and that’s always assuming Newcastle are willing to play him in the first team.
The squad is fairly threadbare at the moment, and we are still waiting to hear how bad the knee injury is to Cheick Tiote.
We hope it’s not too bad because the absence of the defensive midfielder will put more pressure on the small Newcastle squad.
And with all the many injuries Newcastle have picked up all this season, the club should have been wary there would be more injuries through the end of the season.
It doesn’t look like Lee Charnley and company have thought that through much, when they let players leave last month, and we didn’t bother replacing Steven Taylor.
What do you think?
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