As well as having a decent side that would not be fighting relegation this season we were also hoping that the long-term problems Newcastle have had with injuries for at least ten years would also be cleared up by the new coaching staff, but neither has happened.
At the present time we are bottom of the league and we have more injuries than any other Premier League club on Physioroom.com, although there is a bit of a shock that we are only a close second to Everton in the Injury Table which gives a point out when a player is injured and is forced to miss one Premier League game.
Steve McClaren – oh – all those injuries as well!
Here is the current Injury League Table.
But we should soon pull away from Everton because we have 12 injuries on Physioroom.com and they have only 7 – although it’s been true that Everton and Newcastle have been the two club most affected by injury so far this season.
We should be getting some players back soon with Cheick Tiote essentially fit again from his knee injury as well as Paul Dummett, but the impressive Kevin Mbabu is out with a hamstring injury for a few weeks.
Mbabu is a bit like Dummett and Haidara in that he tends to pick up a number of injuries.
Five of our players have hamstring injuries – and that particular injury have always been a chronic problem at Newcastle.
When Graeme Souness was the manager back from 2004-2006 he thought it was because of the makeup of the training pitches at Benton.
Kevin Mbabu, Paul Dummett, Gabby Obertan, Jack Colback and Steven Taylor have hamstring problems with Daryl Janmaat nursing a knee injury.
The hope is that Dummett, Colback and Janmaat will be fit to play against Norwich this Sunday, when we have to hope we can get out first league win of the season and only the second this year.
We have no idea why nothing seems to be done to find out why we always have so many injuries and fix those problems – but it could be another indication of how poorly the club is being run.
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