John Carver Injury Update – Good News And Bad News

John Carver has just given an injury update for the important game at Sunderland on Sunday, and as expected Rolando Aarons is not yet fit enough to return to the squad.

It’s now over five calendar months since Rolando last played for us against Liverpool on November 1st.

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Rolando Aarons – still not fit enough to return

Mehdi Abeid is fit again and he has trained for the last couple of weeks, and he could start on Sunday.

Top players Moussa Sissoko, Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat have not picked up any knocks while away on International duty over the last couple of weeks.

This is some of what John has said in his press conference today:

“All of our international players have come back in one piece,” “Mehdi Abeid will be in the squad but it’s too early for Rolando Aarons.”

“The players know what the derby means,”  “With the staff – most are local – they know what it’s like and what to expect.

“Any team of mine playing against a Sunderland side will never lack for effort or enthusiasm. My staff and I will be driving them on.”

We will see how the lads do on Sunday, but at the very least we expect them to match the passion and drive the Sunderland players have shown in spades during their four game winning streak over the last couple of years.

Whether we can win the game or not who knows – but a win would certainly lift the mood of Newcastle fans which has been negative all year because of our poor results and threadbare squad.

By not bringing in new players in January to fortify the squad,  the powers that be have weakened Newcastle for the second half of the season for the second year running.

That’s not good.

If you don’t learn from your mistakes – history repeats itself – it’s true every time.

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  • Win (37%, 1,290 Votes)
  • Draw (21%, 727 Votes)

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32 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost from previous

    The next mike Williamson

    No wonder that silver strip is the best top you’ve seen in ages, as it looks like it’s from the 80s

    Mr motivator would be proud to wear that with his leg warmers

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    The silver strip is awful. Home shirt looks poor again, although I thought that re last season and I don’t mind it so much.

    Members kit is the best looking of the lot again. Shame I can’t stomach coughing up a membership fee to buy one… oh, and that awful logo on the front.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Last season/this season.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    it’s funny old Aarons, like Ozil, seems to have no problems going out clubbing when supposedly injured!! everyone knows it’s all about the contract and playing silly buggers.

    6k a week for 6 years is a joke when saylor is on 35k but brattish behaviour doesn’t help.

    It would be just like us to lose our best young player in 20 years for peanuts just for ash to prove a point.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Still think we will win tomorrow. Pleased we aren’t risking Aarons, last thing we need is him to break down again by pushing him too hard too soon.

    Would like to see Abeid and Colback start in midfield, play Guti at left back. Although if the midfielders are Colback, Cattermole, Abeid, and Rodwell I can see a red card for any one of those.

    Cabella, Sissoko, Rivi in behind Perez. The movement of Perez should be far too much for O’Shea and whoever partners him.

  • nut meg

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m more interested in who the players will be who will be wearing them.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    £6,000 a week may not sound so much but it’s
    £1.87 million for the period.

    Aarons could be a real big star, but then again he
    could get a bad injury and never play again.
    Horrible thought considering his talent, but who
    knows what the future holds for him.

    He must know that if he does progress to be a top
    player, the Club will offer him improved terms.
    Then again, he also knows that we do not pay top
    salaries, so he will always get more dosh by leaving.

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Now most people on here that see my comments daily will know I’m usually quite diplomatic and tend to shy away from the so called “doom and gloomers”

    But even I have to say I fear the end could be nigh for this club come the summer.

    Despite the stick for Pardew (rightly so to an extent) he was just about capable of re-building here.

    It’s clear this summer will be the 3rd time we have had to rebuild our squad since returning to the premier league. And if carver is at the helm I really do worry.

    i cannot imagine what will happen after the game in the city if we loose again.

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9


    With his record this season do we really think clubs will be clamouring for him. Or clubs bigger than newcastle I should say.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Aarons has play 5 first team games of football that it
    6k a week is fair you could put a clause in there hat it doubles when he hits 50 games something like that,

    for me because of the way abeid and Aarons injuries have been handled there season is over
    a lot of gushing over them both but they should be used as subs with no expectations placed

  • AncientC

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    I thought it was a huge mistake not playing Cabella in the last fixture against Sunderland… he was deemed too lightweight. Cabella is perfect for a game like this, get him on the ball early and he will draw fouls and yellow cards out of players. Perez is a slippery player and will expose any opposition defenders on cards.

    Pardew thought it was a bright idea to bring Cabellla on after 89 minutes in the reverse fixture; it is moments like that, that I do not miss Pardew still being at the helm. “Go on Remy, go win us the game with 1 minute to go”. Cringe.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d say closer to 10k, maybe doubling at 20 games and doubling again after 15 goals. Something like that. Although, according to Mark Douglas the offer was highly incentivised, so we may have already offered something similar. Who knows with this club, they are probably wary of having another Nile Ranger situation, particularly as Aarons was released by Bristol City before we got him for either injuries or off field issues or both.

    I think we can’t afford to use Abeid so sparingly, we probably need him, particularly if we are to continue with Colback at left back. For Aarons, I agree, use him sparingly for the remainder of the season,allow him to heal.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda…these young kids need to earn the stripes and get there hands dirty!

    …you don’t see these problems in Holland or Germany really!

    Kids wants to succeed and the money will be the reward in the end. Look at Bendtner – a kid when he came to Arsenal and corrupted by money. Just another prick like alot of football youngsters in England (the PL)

    They need to be conditioned alot different and learn their god d@mn place 🙂

  • beermonkey

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14


    someone posted up stats for hadira and Sammy yest both came out of very well so not sure what the problem is with Sammy and the same with Aarons although Aarons has another year for us to get sorted
    not sure how long hadiara has but might be worth giving him a raise, we must be the only club that wont reward players that have good seasons I think they view it as a waste of cash cos they signed a contract

    I would play satka at right back and taylor left back and move colback back into the middle

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    If he’s mates with Sterling then it wouldn’t be hard to think where they’re getting ideas from. Besides, if he could get 10K at W Brom etc, what’s the attraction in playing for us anymore

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m not sure I’d want Satka to start in a position that he isn’t hugely familiar with on Sunday. Even moving Colback into midfield, I don’t think we have anyone who is comfortable enough to play alongside him, so I’d have Abeid in. This one may be too soon, but I think for the remained of the season he and Colback would be my preferred entrap midfield pairing.

    Sammi has been inconsistent, Haidara has spent a lot of time out injured. Sammi probably has done enough to earn an extension, particularly given the number of other changes required, but I wouldn’t be offering Haidara anything yet.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    It seems up to 6 managers in the PL are being hoodwinked by Dyke’s proposal!

    …Pardew, Fat Sam, Sherwood, Martinez, Ramsey and Agent Bruce

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #18

    One of their arguments are that alot of young players like Sterling, Barkley and Kane are coming through and they need playing time…

    …but these lads are getting playing time – because they are good enough! Those who are not getting playing time are because they are simply not good enough when you compare them to equal kids with a different nationality!

    Mangers like Wenger and Pulis are left baffled by Dyke’s latest proposal!

    …Wenger, so are we! 😉

  • beermonkey

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #19


    I tend to agree with kids and football they get to much to young


    if Aarons signs a 5year incentive based deal with us and then put in the work and has an impact like sterling
    he knows we will sell him and he can ask what he wants
    we will play him and give him the opportunity

  • manxpie

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    If i was being offered 6 grand a week to
    sit on my arse for 9 months a year with a few run outs before getting injured again I’d bite there hands off

    that’s wats wrong with the English game there should definitely be a wage cap on younger players till there 21
    Would mean every youngster would be in the team on merit, hard work and ability plus would stop them moving to the big teams just for money and hardly seen again

    there was a funny video of Brenda Rodgers putting sterling in his place a while back they do seem to be jumped up little so and so, s like

  • AncientC

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #21

    I hope all of our squad members refuse any incentive type deals… you can just imagine Charnley looking through the playing list, figuring out how much money can be saved if x, y or z do not play that week.

  • cyprus

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #22

    On the Aarons dilemma… he’s been injured way too long for a player his age. Offer him that 6, and give him more if he can string 2 games in a row.

    On the game, went for a draw. They need / want it more than us. We are a slightly better team and the players can’t bring back a loss: tie.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #23


    I used to work behind the bar in my local and we used to get a few of the youngsters in from the local championship clubs think they were in league 1 at the time, they were local to the area but they were utter pricks
    it was a really busy night and one of them actually used the words to me do you know who I am,

  • cyprus

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Ok, got it, re management point of view. Now, if you stand on the other side (not the players’ view), at the fans’ point of view. These people get crazy amounts of money and they pull off all kinds of tantrums (e.g. Cabs etc.), don’t play with commitment, pretend to be injured, get lazy, and so on. Incentives for maximum performance are a very good idea. e.g. do they get some kind of bonus for top 10? 8? 6? That way, they’d take off their flip flops.

  • AncientC

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #25

    cyprus, yes, higher league position incentives cannot be flawed.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Beer…you are Brighton based right?

  • hibbit

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #27

    my mates son plays for a mid table championship side at the start of this season he signed a new 3 year contract 7500 a week not a bad player but not good enough for the prem………. aarons is looking to be a very bright prospect with a good future in the prem so we offer him 6000 other clubs will step in got to be worth a gamble……… pardue brought him back way to soon against medical advice which has cost the player and the club half a season of him playing not aarons fault

  • cyprus

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #28

    So, Hibbit,
    how much would you give him? He’s totally unproven and I’d forget what he looks like if it weren’t for these pictures.

    It’s very unusual for a player his age to be injured SO long so often. The incentive thing is good in his case. If not, release. You cannot base a team on these players, sad but true.

  • cyprus

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d gamble 8,500 a week for that son of your mate’s without even seeing him, because you insinuate that he actually plays. Still, a gamble. So is Aarons.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #30
  • hibbit

    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #31

    cyprus its one injury thats been very badly handled by the club pardew played him against medical advice and set him back months what’s the point of a medical team if the manager over rules them ……..i think he is worth the risk at 10k

  • beermonkey

    Apr 3, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32


    yeah it was bton players


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