We are again getting more players injured, and news tonight that Remy Cabella is not fit to play at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Curtis Good – in America for surgery
That’s not such a bad injury since Newcastle have wingers like Sammy Ameobi, Gabby Obertan, Joan Gouffran and fit again Rolando Aarons are all able to fill in for the 24 year-old Frenchman.
It’s center-back where we are really short of players with Paul Dummett probably out for the season with his knee injury, and would you believe it but 21 year-old Curtis Good has gone to America for another hip injury.
Curtis picked up the hip injury in early March playing for Australia for the first time, so something has gone wrong with the treatment of the injury.
He missed the World Cup in Brazil because of it,and he didn’t have his hip operation until the summer, and now he’s gone to America to have another operation on the hip.
That means he’s unlikely to be fit to play for Newcastle anytime soon and there’s over a year of his career he’s missed through the injury he picked up on International duty.
This is what John Carver said today about what is quickly becoming an injury crisis:
“We had the disappointment the week before with the loss of Dummett, Tiote and Siem de Jong. “We were almost at our max with fitness and within a week you lose three big players.”
“We don’t know how long Cheick is out for. We’ll know within the next 48 hours what is going on with him.” “Cabella hurt his knee on Monday. He has a medial ligament strain.”
“It’s not a serious issue but it will almost certainly keep him out at the weekend.” “If he’s not 100% I would rather he missed one game than be out for ten weeks like Dummett.”
“It’s always a concern when you lose players, especially of the quality we have lost. You can get away with losing one or two young lads.”
“There’s nothing I can do about it. If you look at the injuries – Siem, Cheick, Dummett, Taylor – four of our big players have serious injuries, not muscle strains.”
“You’d normally get one or two of those in a season, we had three in a week – it’s a bit unfortunate.” “It’s no good sulking or making excuses, that’s life and we have to deal with it.”
“Two weeks ago we were one player away from having a fully-fit squad.” “I was so excited about that. Who is to say that’s not the end of it?”
So one question for John Carver is why didn’t he ask for at least a center-back last month to be brought in when Steven Taylor was injured on January 1st, and declared to be out for the rest of the season?
Newcastle have lost Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and now Curtis Good, who are four of our best six center-backs at the club.
John Carver can try to cover up for the people above him, but this is nothing more than very poor management and planning by Newcastle United – it’s as simple as that.
And this isn’t exactly rocket science.
Why didn’t Newcastle spend some money in January to strengthen the squad?
That’s the question that needs to be answered by Managing Director Lee Charnley, who is the responsible executive for all of this, and if Newcastle have any sense they will recall Remie Streete from Rangers immediately.
We assume Newcastle can do that ……
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