For over ten years now Newcastle have been top of the injury league almost every season and we pick up an awful lot of injuries and there has to be a reason for that – it cannot just be bad luck.
We had hoped that Steve McClaren and the new coaching regime at Newcastle would be able to fix the problems but already this season we have had more injuries than any other club in the Premier League.
Paul Simpson – assistant coach at Newcastle
Some of it is simply bad luck – like Tim Krul’s injury playing for the Netherlands – but there must be problems in the way Newcastle do their training and pick up and then treat the injuries – and that’s what needs to be fixed.
Paul Simpson hinted yesterday that Newcastle are looking into the problems we have with injuries – and the assistant coach said this on BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport:
“It is a worry but we look into everything.” “We’re looking into the training that we’re doing, we’ve been looking at the rehab we’re doing, but unfortunately it’s not just us.”
“I think it’s quite frightening the number of cruciate injuries that have occurred this season, up and down the country.” “You know you go to Bournemouth and they had a horrendous run of injuries and some bad ones as well.”
“Now we’re getting them and we’re looking at the players who are getting injured and unfortunately there’s a lot of them who have got quite a history of getting injured.”
“Unfortunately for people like Rolando Aarons, he seems to have a problem with his hamstrings.”
“But it’s something which we’re trying to get to the bottom of and we’re looking to look into everything we possibly can to work out why we’re picking up the injuries.”
“But sometimes it’s just sod’s law and there’s nothing you can do and you’ve just got to deal with it and that’s where we are at the moment.”
Those are good words from Paul and it’s true that other clubs this season are picking up lots of injuries, but every season we are top of the injury table.
That adversely affects the performance of the Newcastle team every season because we are not able to play our best side.
So it really is worth trying to get to the bottom of this once and for all.