Prodigy Injured Again – It Could Have All Been Avoided

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It’s never a good thing when you bring a player back too early from an injury – especially a hamstring injury – but that’s what Newcastle did at the end of October against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, and it was even against medical advice.

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Rolando Aarons in action at Manchester City

And a few games later he injured his hamstring again,  and has had problems coming back since then, and terrible news today that Rolando has just suffered another setback.

According to head coach John Carver – Rolando has injured his thigh yet again.

Aarons had been back in full training for a couple of weeks now, and we wondered why he hadn’t made the squad but Carver has said he should be fit fairly soon, when asked how long it would take:

“A week to 10 days.” “We are being careful with him. He has a hamstring issue and tweaked his thigh.”

How many times since November have we heard that he will be fit very shortly,  and really this could (should) all have been avoided.

This is what Alan Pardew had said after the 2-0 win at the Etihad in late October about playing Rolando Aarons:

“Yes, I was advised not to but he did a little bit yesterday in training that I thought warranted him forty five minutes.”

Since the game at the Etihad Stadium, Rolando has played only one more time for the first team, and that was in the next game at home to Liverpool,  when he came on for the injured Gabby Obertan after 27 minutes.

And Gabby is now back playing after suffering a much more severe injury than Rolando had.

The big concern we have is that Rolando’s hamstring is now weakened, much like what happened with Michael Owen at Liverpool when he was a teenager and was played when he had hamstring problems.

Newcastle have to review their procedures for how they prevent, treat and rehabilitate players after injuries  – there’s got to be a good reason why we have the worst injury record in the Premier League almost every season.

Keeping our players fit is especially important when Mike Ashley runs such a small squad, presumably to save on the wage bill and generate big profits, but he refuses to spend much of that that money to strengthen the squad. 🙁

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