We remember back in October of 2008 when Joey Barton was crocked by Lee Cattermole in the 2-2 draw with Wigan and he injured his knee ligaments – or should we say Lee injured his knee ligaments for him.
Joey was initially supposed to be out for only eight weeks, but he didn´t return to fitness until late in that relegation season.
Joey was put out of the game and almost for the full season by a foul tackle by Cattermole after only 17 minutes of that game.
Joey Barton crocked in 2008 by wild tackle bt Wigan´s Cattermole
If Joey Barton had not been injured by the wild tackle by a young Lee Cattermole then who knows whether we could have avoided relegation.
Lee was at it again on Sunday as he injured his former Sunderland team-mate Jack Colback – but this time he never even received a yellow card.
There was some dubious refereeing by the inexperienced Robert Madley in the derby game – we must have only experienced referees for these white-hot derby games.
Jack left the Stadium of Light on Sunday on crutches and he will miss the game against Stoke City on Saturday because he picked up his 5th yellow card of the season and is banned for one game.
Since he couldn´t play in that game in any case we suppose that´s some good luck.
Jack Colback in action on Sunday
The question is whether he will be available for the next game at Bournemouth or the better question is how long will be out for?
We’ve never liked Cattermole as a player because we think he´s a double danger – both to the opposition and to his own team.
He´s an obvious danger to opposing players because of his late wild tackles and he picks up lots of yellow and red cards although it was interesting he didn´t get a yellow card on Sunday after putting in several dubious tackles.
So he´s a danger because he can injure other players ( and does) and he´s a danger to his own team because he´s a loose cannon who can get sent off at any time – and he has seen red seven times in his career.
He´s worse than Tiote and that´s saying something.
The fear Newcastle have is that it could turn out to be like Joey Barton seven years ago and Jack could be out a few weeks with his leg injury or even longer.
We just have to hope that Jack will be back soon – because if he´s out for any length of time we could be in trouble.
Maybe we should say we could be in more trouble since we are in trouble already .