According to Physioroom.com Newcastle United are still top of the injury league and at the moment we are said to have ten players out injured and a new player out after Saturday is defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote.
We were told last Friday that Gabby Obertan is out for four months with a hamstring problem after being operated on in France.
Cheick was coming into some good form but he was given a hospital ball by Daryl Janmaat after 23 minutes on Saturday and in trying to win the ball it seems his groin went and while he tried to continue he couldn’t – to his obvious frustration.
Cheick Tiote – injured his groin on Saturday
We also have some long term injuries with Tim Krul and Steve Taylor will not be fit until next year.
So Steven is having yet another injury ravaged season and we’ll likely win the league again this season – at least as far as injuries go.
It was a good that Vurnon Anita stepped up the plate on Saturday, but we were still thrashed by a good Leicester City side and the attitude of some of our players is starting to be a concern.
Yet again we fail to turn up for a game and this was in front of over 50,000 fanes at home.
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Steve McClaren said losing Cheick was a blow:
“That was a big blow for us,” “We are not making excuses, but we have obviously already got Colback out.”
“Once we lost Cheick, there were not a lot of midfield options.” “With Tiote there, we felt quite stable, especially because Vurnon Anita was probably the only one out of the whole group who did their job.”
“He was at the right level.” “Losing Cheick opened the game up too much, especially against a Leicester team who like to play that way.”
“We will have a look at Cheick in next few days, but hope it is not too serious.”
It doesn’t help that Jack Colback isn’t due back until mid-December and Wijnaldum played in Cheick’s position on Saturday, but that took away his obvious threat and creativity up front.
Here is the current injury league which gives one point every time a player is not available through injury for a Premier League game.
Injuries are again damaging Newcastle’s season big time – but what’s new?
It’s a pity we seem to be doing nothing about it.