Newcastle are not too badly off as far as injuries go at the moment, and that’s likely to be confirmed when Steve McClaren gives his pre-match press conference this afternoon.
Even Sylvain Marveaux, who has been nursing a groin injury since early July is expected to return to training next week, after returning from some initial rehabilitation work in France.
Alessandro Schoenmaker – fitness coach at Newcastle
One of the many challenges for Steve McClaren and his coaching staff is to cut down on the number of injuries Newcastle always seem to puck up during the season.
Steve and his coaching staff reviewed all the procedures and have made some changes, and both Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black to concentrate on that aspect.
All of Newcastle’s international players – including Georginio Wijnaldum, Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, Chancel Mbemba and Moussa Sissoko – have returned to Newcastle fit, and that’s a relief in itself.
We currently have five players out injured – Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Curtis Good (hip, thigh), Emmanuel Riviere (knee), Paul Dummett (hamstring) and Paul Williamson has a slight arm/elbow injury, but he may be fit enough for the game at Upton Park on Monday night.
This is what Paul Simpson has said on the injury front:
“Mike Williamson has missed a couple of days of training. He’s ended up with some sort of bursitis on his elbow which has been causing him real discomfort and he’s had a couple of days of treatment on that.”
“We hope it’s nothing serious and it’ll settle down very quickly, and he should be available for selection for the West Ham game. It’s just a minor thing.”
“Apart from that, it’s just little bits of nursing through that players need, a little bit of pampering. They’re all fine and looking forward to the next fixture.”
We’re not sure what’s exactly happening with Curtis Good, but that hip injury he picked up a year last March playing his very first game for Australia, is still bothering him.
Good has been at Newcastle now for three years, but his progress has been blighted by a number of injuries.
The one worry Newcastle have is with Paul Dummett, who has damaged his hamstring again, after picking up that injury last May, and he’s still going to be out a number of weeks.
But our injury list is not too bad at the moment, so that’s a bit of a relief.