This Part Of Newcastle Showing Little Improvement

Newcastle have had far too many injuries each season for a long time now – maybe as long as ten years –  and last season was particularly bad, when at one time we had something like twelve first team players out injured.

We checked the injury status earlier this morning and we only have four players currently injured,  and in the Premier League table we are in 9th place with Crystal Palace and Everton at the top with seven injuries each.

Paul Dummett

Paul Dummett in action against West Ham in May

Here are the players we have injured at the moment and there are no return dates for any of them:

Paul Dummett       - hamstring
Curtis Goode       - hip/thigh
Emmanuel Riviere   - knee
Sylvain Marveaux   - groin

Most of these are long term – with Paul Dummett picking up that hamstring injury last May and having a set-back recently, when he was trying to come back.

Curtis Good has had his hip injury since he picked it up playing for Australia in early March of last year, and it’s never seemed to heal probably in spite of having an operation on it this year.

Sylvain Marveaux has had the groin injury ever since he returned in July and Riviere picked up his knee injury in July and has minor surgery on his cartilage it in France a few weeks ago.

So maybe it’s because they are mostly long term injuries that we are still 3rd top of the Injury League – which allocates one point for each league game one player misses during the season.

This is how it stands after four PL games.

injury league

If we take Newcastle’s 27 points and keep that average over the 38 game season we’d end up with 257 points – which is still far too high, and would have seen us in second place last season.

That’s probably the stats the Newcastle coaching staff are using this season to see if they can make a marked improvement  on how we did last season when we were at the top of the Injury League and a lot worse than any other Premier League club.

final injury league 2014-2015

Our 347 points last season means over the 38 game season, we had an average of nine players not available to us in each league game.


We still have a long way to go before we will be showing any marked improvement on the injury front, but the players out at the moment would not make the match-day 18 – apart from Paul Dummett, who could possibly be starting at left-back.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Jib

    Sep 8, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Tajikistan tv for the Aussie game live NOW

  • expatmag

    Sep 8, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2


    Should win this easily. Keep an eye out for Bailey Wright at centre Half. Plays for PNE in the championship and used to play for a local amateur team here in Oz that I used to coach

  • Jib

    Sep 8, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Don’t count your chickens son.
    Remember Kyrgistan.
    Also the officials are from Bahrain.
    There seems to be some kinds of podium by the pitch side where guys with megaphones are whipping up the crowd.
    Jolly unsporting eh what ?

  • expatmag

    Sep 8, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #4

    It is all Australia. We get 1, we will get a hatful.

    Krygystan pitch was a shocker plus their last minute goal was clearly a hand ball.

    This is an all weather pitch

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 8, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    We” I’ll say one thing you get a damn good laugh on the blog —-and it’s free.
    The master multiple and blog champion trickster is complaining about dirty tricks on the blog. You couldn’t make it up!

    Also championing a cad and bounder, conveniently forgetting/ overlooking/not seeing/blind to his blog indiscretions speaks more about the make up of your own person – than directing your trickery against others.
    Boohooing and whingeing about invented agendas of others – what a load of crap.
    It’s a robust football blog – some good jokes and a bit of mickey taking – so what it’s a football blog – unless you want to play the role of the perennial victim – hounded from the blog -boohoo.
    Stop your blog mischief in trying to make divisions that probably do not exist amongst the majority on here.
    Or continue with a sorry and worn out agenda – if indeed you have one.
    High Five.


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