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.
Steven Taylor – out until December
We haven´t done much better this season – so far – and we are top of the Physioroom.com 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 Physioroom.com
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 InjuryLeague.com which allocates a point to every player who is not available through injury for any Premier League game.
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?