This Is Still A Big Problem At Newcastle

One of the areas Newcastle have been at a disadvantage in over the last ten years or so is all the injuries we pick up during the season and Newcastle have been top of the Premier League Injury League far too many times.

Last season was one of our worst seasons for injuries and that helped decimate the squad this year,  when we had  as many as 14 first team players unavailable.

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Steven Taylor – out until December

We haven´t done much better this season – so far – and we are top of the league currently with 11 players injured, followed by Manchester City with 9 and Everton with 7.

Why we pick up so many injuries is a mystery, but we were hoping Steve McClaren and his new coaching staff could somehow get to the bottom of it – but so far they haven´t done that.

The latest player injured is Jack Colback who had to leave the game on Saturday in the second half, and we don´t know if he´s going to be fit for the game at Manchester City on Saturday.

Here´s the current injury list taken from

Player           Injury              When Back

J Colback	 Muscular Injury     no date
R Aarons	 Calf/Shin Injury    4 days
P Cisse	         Back Injury	     4 days
M Haidara	 Knee Injury	     3 weeks
K Darlow	 Ankle/Foot Injury   no date
S Taylor	 Hamstring Injury    2 months
C Tiote	         Knee Injury	     4 days
P Dummett	 Hamstring Injury    4 days
E Riviere	 Knee Injury	     3 weeks
C Good	         Hip/Thigh Injury    3 weeks
S Marveaux	 Gilmore's Groin     4 days

The good thing is that five of those played are expected back training in 4 days, but Steven Taylor is not expected back until December, and Curtis Good has essentially been injured since March of last year.

Here´s the current table taken from which allocates a point to every player who is not available through injury for any Premier League game.

injurty league table

It´s too early to pass judgement this season, but cutting down on the number of injuries at Newcastle should be a big priority.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1

    If it’s bad now, what will happen at Christmas when they play more frequently in colder weather?
    The conditioning team need to buck up.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    It is very unfair that saylor is taking up space in the squad when he barely features and is on the treatment table always.

    If he is removed our board might actually bother to buy another Cb.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Our board now is thinking we have 4 Cb when in fact it is only 3(saylor forever injured.)

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed – some constructive criticism if that’s ok: WordPress lets you schedule your posts. Doing so many articles is one thing, but posting them all in a short time window wastes most of them. That last one was only up long enough for a single comment before the discussion moved to this one.
    We all know that users will only post comments on the most current topic, so how about spreading them out so we get a couple of hours on each to get a discussion going? It may help to keep people in topic too.

  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    no surprise saylor injured again. why is he injured every season for months?
    Mbabu did excellent job against chelsea, based on his 1st performance he should be up against Dummet and Haidara as backup 3rd choice LB. Mbabu also can be backup for Janmaat.
    Colback injured there will be room for SDJ if we play 4231 or 2 strikers and Thauvin if we go 442.

  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6


    we gave Mbabu his chance and he turned up to be good defender, maybe we should give chances to another youngsters especially cb like Satka.

  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    turned out*

  • Malackay

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Good point and fair request Whumpie. It does make it difficult for the debate to flow with numerous articles being released back to back.

    Great forum for NUFC chat though Ed.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Let’s not get too excited about Mbabu just yet; it’s not fair on him. It’s not uncommon for a debutant to play above their level but keeping it up as a regular takes time to achieve.
    On here we tend to jump to impossible expectations about players only to get on their backs as soon as they don’t live ip to them. He’s 20 and an exciting prospect; no more. Yet.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    8Malackay – cheers for that. I really like this blog; just trying to make a suggestion for making it even better. It doesn’t help Ed that he’s 5 hours ahead, of course – hence the importance of the scheduler.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #11

    *5 hours behind, even!

  • Jib

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Cabella’s return to France is becoming a bit of a nightmare for him

  • hibbit

    Sep 29, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    santon…….mbabu is a right footed cb not a fb


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