Concern As These Problems Mount At Newcastle

Newcastle are back on top of the injury table with the site saying we have 10 injured players out.

Steve McClaren may have to play more first team regulars than he wanted to tonight against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup with so many players being out.

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Papiss Cisse – will not play tonight

Steve gave an update yesterday on the injury status at Newcastle and it’s not good.

He was asked if any of the squad who were injured were ready to return tonight:

“No. Marveaux is back in training.” “Riviere no – he’s a couple of weeks away.” “Dummett is on the training ground, about 80%.”

“Taylor had a scan on his hamstring, the tendon, he had an issue – he’s had a small operation to knit the tendon together, so it’s a blow because he’ll be out for a couple of months.”

“Haidara’s problem’s with his knee so he’s having scans this afternoon, so we’ll see.” “And Colback got a kick on the calf against Watford.”

“Cisse felt his back against West Ham when he went for an overhead-kick, and he’s been feeling it since and he won’t be available.”

Of the players above it seems Haidara has the best chance of playing tonight.

Here’s the injury situation at Newcastle right now.

  1. Steven Taylor – hamstring problem – out for two months
  2. Paul Dummett – back in training after hamstring injury in May
  3. Jack Colback – knock on calf – not serious
  4. Sadio Haidara – knee problem – not serious
  5. Karl Darlow – twisted ankle – no return date
  6. Papiss Cisse – bad back will not play tonight – doubtful for Saturday
  7. Sylvain Marveaux – back in training – out since July with groin strain
  8. Emmanuel Riviere – knee injury – will return to training in two weeks
  9. Cheick Tiote – knee injury – no return date
  10. Curtis Good – hip/thigh – no return date

10 players out injured and Aleksandar Mitrovic still unavailable because of his three match suspension.

It’s worrying that we are still picking up all these injuries this season

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95 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    my team


  • Jib

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s amazing how often a managers comments can come back and bite them in the ass !
    Ten days ago Macca was bemoaning the effect of International breaks saying
    “Ideally you want the games to come thick and fast”

    Well they are now bonny lad .

    The club at the moment needs this cuptie like a hole in the heed.

  • Jib

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Lescott plays for Villa
    However we have a CB called Lascelles

  • croftus5678

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    @2 jib

    i dunno mate i think we need this game if i’m honest !

    we have a very good chance of beating sheff wed’s even if confidence is low and we are a weakened team ! and with our poor form /second from bottom and very very little chance of getting anything from our next 2 games ! a result here may just be the excuse the club and the fans can get before they become suicidal.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    @3 jib

    oops lol would rather have lescott though but guess my kidknapp and replace him for lascalles wont work 🙁

  • Mag52

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    It often seems that a team going well has fewer injury problems than one which is struggling.
    That could, of course, be that the struggling team is struggling precisely because they are suffering from a lot of injuries, or it might be that players with minor injuries will play through them for a team which is on a winning run.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib….. Was reading your post from last night about Ashley’s wealth etc. What you say is absolutely right, but what we must realise is that Ashley’s two passions are making money and Sports Direct.

    He has no intentions of throwing his vast personal wealth at the club to try and buy success , that wouldn’t give him a buzz. However to create a self funding entity that can compete with the sovereign state and Russian billionaire investments is more of a challenge and more rewarding for him.

    Of course he would prefer us to do well but he’s not interested in buying it.

  • Jib

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Apparently Ashleys team as a youf was Chelsea.
    Nothing gives him greater pleasure than to do them with a club that is self sustaining.
    I think once the Blatter shyte is sorted FIFA and UEFA will get serious about looking into the funding of clubs.

  • cyprus

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    How are you so sure about those two only passions? You maybe mean he’s done well on those two fronts….

    He was a sportsman himself, after all.

  • toon kk

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    According to the sun ( which could be bull sh.t)
    MA is really concerned about his 50mil been wasted on the wrong players by Charnley who brought players in on Carr’s advice and Macca is really annoyed with not a proven striker being brought in, he say January window can’t come soon enough.

  • cyprus

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    I think people get a ‘buzz’ from success. Same as you and me, on another level. This continuing failure of this team is, I would bet any money, bothering the hell out of him. But he has no immediate solution but to throw money at it.

    Money buys success but it doesn’t guarantee it unfortunately. But, if the three windows are similar to this, we’ll be challenging for honours soon.

  • cyprus

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Surely Macca noticed we brought Mitro in. And he claims he has a proven striker…

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Are we playing the what makes Ashley tick game?

    I thought the last round ended when we couldn’t say for sure how the man himself defines success?

    For example, 7 years advertising, free of charge on the basis of a free loan, a loan which is unlikely to go away or end up costing him in the long run, could be deemed as successful.

    I get the idea of why wouldn’t he want the team to be a successful one. It hooked me for a while.

  • cyprus

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    The guy is a mystery. Hats off for such a public person keeping so much to himself.

  • jayphoto

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t think thauvin could go to Barca even if he wanted as hes played for both newcastle and Marseille!
    Those injuries sure came out of nowhere. 50m spent yet we’re still likely going to watch a match tonight featuring Elliot, Williamson, no recognized left back etc

  • Jib

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Why am I not surprised toonkk is a Sun reader ?

    How can you possibly say after 10 weeks and 6 games that the £50million has been wasted !!!!!!!!

    What a crock.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Pleased to see McClaren come out with a denial on the Tiote story.

    The club may not like to comment on certain matters, or feel they should have to, but quite clearly it’s beneficial in some cases for them to do so.

    There shall be no making Tiote the scapegoat then.

    On thread…At last, back where we belong. Top of the table. Fellow fans, soak it up. It’s a beautiful day.

    Ed…”Steve McClaren may have to play more first team regulars than he wanted to tonight” – Didn’t he always want to play a strong team, with first team regulars? We are after all going for a cup.

    Still fancy the win tonight.

  • jayphoto

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    @cyprus/betty – id argue Ashleys passion is winning and destroying those that appose him. Not in the conventional sense of games and points, but going up against people and trampling over them without changing his own ideas.
    Newcastle is a success as long as it makes money each year and is a premier league club. can’t argue we aren’t ran his way against the advice of everyone yet the cheques still come in

  • barkel

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #19

    @1 I like the look of that team although I would imagine Perez will be up top on his own instead of sdj in a false 9. For tonight I’d go 3-4-3, just to try something new


  • jayphoto

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Be interested to know where tiote is at. Made a sub appearance weeks ago but nothing since? Thought mcclaren was the one who recommended him to Newcastle by most accounts.
    People seem to forget the games we won in October/November last year coincided with tiote (and taylor) being in form and ended when he got injured

  • Sav

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Seriously, half of that list aren’t good enough anyway. Fit or injured it makes no difference. I’d be surprised if any professional footballer can’t point to a bruise or a scratch week on week. Expect a weakened cup side tonight. We are out to win it, my arse.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Cyprus…Can’t a man make his fortune off the back of cheap practices in peace?

    Jay…We knew the day was coming. Those players are in the squad for a reason at the end of the day. It’s a big part of why I wasn’t, nor am I still overly excited by our chances this season. We simply didn’t do enough imo over the summer.

    Spending £50m on 4 players is all well and good to compliment a good squad to push it on. Let’s hope this particular gamble doesn’t prove too costly in the short term.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Spot on Catchy (earlier thread)
    The voice of reason !!

  • cyprus

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    the answer to your suggestions is I don’t know.

    I suspect that he didn’t buy this club to make money, though I may be wrong. He’s a fool if he did. Clubs notoriously lose money. But, nouveau rich people around the world fancy owning a club. Like a yacht, maybe. For both, they feel better when they look good and shiny.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #25

    Angels…Say what? Point me in the right direction.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Unfortunately Ashley is not a die hard Geordie fan. If he was we might see him do what Jack Walker did at Blackburn.

    To have his beloved Shyte Direct given global exposure and to have a team holding its own (only just mind) in the best league in the world on a self sustaining basis , with the club now worth more than it cost initially has to be a success in fattys book.

    Having said all that I think Ashley would prefer to have a winning team as oppose to a losing one. It remains to be seen whether he chucks a few quid extra of his own in to avoid relegation and the embarrassment of being a loser. The next few Windows will tell all.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #27


    You can only complement the squad if it is good enough anyway.
    Problem is the players left are letting us down rather than the incomers.
    I’d include Colo in that number as I can see very little ‘captainship’ in him

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza………… first ever repost of a Catchy contribution 🙂 but I reckon he has it about right

    catchy in norway // Sep 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    i like the players we have signed, i think chancel has look class every game he has played, i think taylor would be a better partner for him,

    i think it has been a hard start to the season for other reasons than the new players coming in, i believe its more of a culture at the club thing that needs the most work done to it, we are a team that is used to loosing games, but i have see a big difference in the way we approach games and what our game plan is, we are a lot more tighter as a team defending, so i see a lot of work has gone into that,

    our first 8 games were always going to be hard, its been well documented that we had the hardsest start to the season on paper and it is proving so, people looking at Watford as our easy game to win, yet i believe its was just as hard as playing Man u, this team has just came up and has this fresh winning mentality and are still riding on this wave,

    our biggest criticism is not the new players , its with the likes of Cisse, Colo, these guys know the prem and know what they face, yet these let us down.

    i think we will be ok

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Angels…Exactly. Re-reading my comment, I didn’t really finish my point, so thanks for doing so 🙂

    I think, despite what should be lauded, the £50m spend represents a huge gamble for where we were / are.

    Betty…Why would he have to throw in money of his own? I thought money was available for Janaury already?

    I actually have a lot of respect for the “plan” of self sufficiency. I just don’t think they take the sporting progress element quite as seriously.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    I think the behind the scenes activity of the scouting team is what will define success or failure for all clubs in the future. Even the top teams who are buying the exposed so called superstars for mega bucks are getting beat by teams with far lower but more shrewdly spent budgets.

    This is an area where Ashley s skill in buying at source could engineer an edge . Wouldn’t you think that he would have a team of scouts looking globally for what everyone else is looking for.

    I’m not saying Carr is useless and I’m sure Ashley trusts and respects him but to rely solely on him to find players makes no sense

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #31

    angels…Indeed. Don’t disagree with too much in there at all.

    I am wary of getting ahead of ourselves with regards to these defensive improvements at this stage. I seem to be the only one remember Pardew appeared to do that at first too, if I remember correctly that is.

    I’m sure the season we finished 5th, Pardews, first full season, we were neck and neck with City for a good chunk of the early season both in the table and our defensive record. What was it, 10 or 11 games or something?

    Truth is, in two of our games this season the whole team had to defend. Yes they did it well, but parking the bus with 10 people is not revolutionary. When we haven’t done that, we’ve still conceded silly goals.

    Mbemba is impressing though. No surprise to see he is our top peformer on Skys “power ranking” so far this season.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Jib@16. It’s fair enough to say at this point it’s too early to say that the£50mill. has been wasted. The flip side is that I think it appears the money could have been better spent. Windjalum and Thauvin are typical “Carr” players. Technically good, but not quite good enough for the PL given that they are lightweights. Cabella was clearly not a lesson learned. Mbemba looks a good player, but we needed a big strong type at centre back. Wrong choice. Mitrovic. A loose cannon. I like the look of him if I’m honest, but seriously, could we afford to take the gamble with him? I don’t think so. Early days for all of them, but is this how you would have spent the money? And yes, wages come into play, I know that, but ultimately if you buy from the second tier, and pay wages at the second tier, you will get performances which reflect that. It’s not a hard luck story that we are where we are.

  • barkel

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #33

    Do we solely rely on Carr for players? Have we not got an extensive scouting system that reports back?

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza … The money available in January is only in keeping with the self sufficiency model. We don’t know how much it is , as the amounts suggested are only conjecture.

    If Ashley was to take up the challenge as a sporting one, then he could quite comfortably provide Schteve with what he needs. Maybe that is the plan.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #35

    Wouldn’t it be great if Eva carneiro came and sorted out our physio dept.

  • toon kk

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #36

    how old are you? You seem to think you know everything. You’re so clever arnt you, well done!
    there’s a good boy.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #37

    barkel…As far as I understand, he’s the head scout and has other scouts reporting to him too. Whether there is enough of them or they’re good enough is another question altogether.

    Betty…You wont see me calling for Ashley to put more of his own money in to buying players. I mean, if he really wants to I wont complain. As I said, I don’t mind the plan, never have. It’s either the execution of the plan or that the whole thing is just a smokescreen that I object to.

    I don’t even care if he makes money from the club, as long as it’s not at the cost of us not being able to compete, whilst being told we can’t afford to.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38

    Bakel……. It seems our scouting and transfer business follows trends. France was all the rage, lets copy Wenger he’s doing it right. Then it was Holland , lets raid their league. Then Belgium, lets buy their two best players.

    It seems very short sighted when we could have a world wide scouting network.

    The other thing that is very worrying is Charnley seeming to deal with the few, same agents.

  • Tinman

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #39

    @barkel, surely we have scouts assigned to specific leagues or countries. They will send their list of players to Carr and he will examine each one personally. That is what I would presume, although I don’t know, anything is possible with this team!

    Proud to announce that John Powell has produced the first ever guest article for my website. He discusses financial anarchy in football.

  • Jib

    Sep 23, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #40


    Player of the eredivisie last season – regular in the Dutch side that made the quarters of the WC in Brazil

    Chancel M’Bemba

    Vice captain and regular of Anderlecht
    Jean-Florent Ikwange Ibengé the Congo coach says he is the 1st player on his team list.

    1 in 2 scorer at every club he’s been at.
    Regular for Serbia

    If they are 2nd tier I’d hate to see the top rank


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